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INSIDE THE FLX: Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason; non-profits get ARPA funds, drinking water HABs, building rehabs (podcast)

In this episode, we talk with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason and get our weekly City Council recap.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

The council finalized the distribution of $1.25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for city non-profit organizations:

  • ABC Cayuga $50,000
  • Booker T. Washington Community Center $84,100
  • Calvary Food Pantry $50,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes $20,000
  • Cayuga Home for Children $36,000
  • Cayuga Counseling Services $70, 279
  • Cayuga County Community Health Network $60,000
  • Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity $45,000
  • Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency $50,000
  • Chapel House $50,000
  • E. John Gavras Center $76,400
  • East Hill Family Medical $87,000
  • Edward T. Boyle Center $65,000
  • Seymour Library $44,500
  • SS Peter and John Soup Kitchen $21,000
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse $14,050
  • Salvation Army $50,000
  • Unity House $13,598
  • YMCA/WEIU $26,000

Receiving ARPA direct benefit recovery funds were:

  • ABC Cayuga $29,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes $20,000
  • Cayuga Counseling Services $40,000
  • Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity $25,000
  • Chapel House $5,000
  • E. John Gavras Center $12,000
  • Mozaic $40,000
  • Nick’s Ride 4 Friends $21,000
  • Edward T. Boyle Center $15,000

The council approved the submission of a Restore NY grant application for 22 E. Genesee St.

The council approved the sale of a property at 197 State St. The property was acquired in 2019 through a tax foreclosure. Housing Vision Consultants will purchase the property and will invest approximately $5.6 million to create 16 one-bedroom apartments and common living space.

Appointed to the Public Arts Commission were Arthur Hutchinson, Janie MicGlire, Sara Douglas, Nicki Schwarz, and Sam Giannettino. Hutchinson’s Harriet Tubman mural will be unveiled in downtown Auburn Saturday.

We also discussed the latest concerning the high level of HABs found in the city’s drinking water from Owasco Lake.  The city is using a power-activated charcoal system to treat the water.



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