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UPGRADE CONSIDERED AT BOAT LANDING

Orleans County legislators say they hope improvements at the Point Breeze boat landing will spur economic growth.

Wayne Hale, economic development and planning director for the county, said the county could get as much as $100,000 in grants from the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

The funds will be used to install a boardwalk that will allow boats to dock at the site for up to two hours.

Boaters could dock at the facility to dine or visit residents.

Hale told legislators this week that the proposed work would help bring more tourists and boaters to Point Breeze.

"I think we will get ahead of the game if we have transient docking," Hale said of short-term docking.

If the county receives grants, it might have to provide matching funds of up to $100,000, officials said.

The county's share of the project could be reduced if local government agencies could provide services at minimal costs to decrease the amount of required contract work.

County officials were told that June 20 is the deadline for seeking funding.

Legislators took no action on the proposal.

Legislators said Carlton town officials should be urged to lobby the state for the grants.

In other action, legislators:

Authorized a county hotel-motel room occupancy tax.

The state has allowed counties to impose such a tax, which cannot exceed 4 percent of the daily rental rate.

Learned that the county will receive more funding from Medicaid this year and next year than expected.

Stanley Dudek, county chief administrative officer, said the recent Federal Tax Act will raise the county's Medicaid reimbursement by $264,000 this year and $396,000 next year.

Learned from Michelle Billhardt, district field manager of Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation, that the agency has received $210,000 in grants since 1999 for the county.

She said a tree and shrub program offered by the agency has served 200 customers and provided 20,000 trees or shrubs for planting.

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