The Auburn City Council, in its first business meeting of 2024, has moved to secure state grants for vital infrastructure improvements, focusing on bridge and tree maintenance projects.
The council authorized a resolution to apply for $6 million from New York State Department of Transportation’s Bridge NY grant program. The funds are intended to replace four aging culverts at Brookside Drive, Burgess Avenue, North Marvine Avenue, and North Herman Avenue. These replacements, with an estimated budget of around $1.5 million each, are crucial, particularly after increased flood risks were noted during Tropical Storm Fred in 2021.
In addition to bridge improvements, the council approved seeking $395,257 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Urban & Community Forestry grant program.
This funding aims to support the city’s tree population growth and maintenance, a part of the community forest management plan adopted in 2023. The city’s urban forestry division seeks to acquire a new tree-trimming bucket truck and chipper dump truck for ongoing tree care, with no local match required from the city.
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