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Blasdell getting federal and state aid to help with storm expenses

Federal and state aid to help cover the expenses Blasdell incurred from the November storm is expected to be paid in the next month, Village Administrator Janet Plarr said during Wednesday’s Village Board meeting.

She said that on Monday, the village finished the paperwork required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, noting the reimbursement will come from both FEMA and the state Emergency Management Office.

Blasdell will receive $137,594 to help pay for cleanup efforts from the massive storm that wreaked havoc on the Southtowns the week before Thanksgiving.

“We’re hoping to see that money in our bank account in the next 30 days,” Plarr said.

She said during a meeting in February that the village could seek reimbursement for a 48-hour time window. The village sought reimbursement from 3:30 p.m. the Friday after the storm through 3:30 p.m. that Sunday.

Mayor Michael Petrie said while he is happy that the village is getting financial help, he is concerned that the impact of the storm is still being felt.

“We’re going to start finding damage as snow goes away,” Petrie said. The mayor told the board he is concerned about damage to such areas as sidewalks and drainage. He added that bidding is expected take place in the spring to fix damage from the storm and a harsh winter.

Wednesday’s meeting was the last for two trustees who did not seek re-election in this week’s election.

Lou McDonald, who also served as deputy mayor, and Matt Chandler were each thanked by fellow board members and Plarr for their service. Both had served one four-year term.

McDonald said he is proud of what the board has accomplished in his term and thanked village taxpayers for their support.

“It’s been a privilege,” McDonald said, adding “you’ll see me around.”

“I’ve enjoyed these four years,” Chandler said. He pointed out that not every vote was unanimous, but that he always felt even when board members disagreed, they always felt they were doing what they thought was best for residents.

He also thanked Plarr, saying he thought the work she does is underappreciated.

Nicholas Cirocco and Bobby Pirowski will join the board in April. They were elected Wednesday along with Petrie, who won a second term as mayor.