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BY: Brian Campbell | October 24, 2012

What’s old is new again in the Village of Farnham in regards to the Community Development Block Grant priority list for this funding period, as the Farnham Village Board announced at its Oct. 16 meeting that they will be submitting the same project requests as last year.

For the third year in a row, the Village will be submitting for CDBG funding to fix Railroad Avenue, as its top priority item from last year. Railroad Avenue Reconstruction and Drainage Project ($44,500), will again serve as the top selection, while the Detroit Street Reconstruction and Drainage Project ($54,600) and, as is customary each year, the Rural Transit Van Program, will serve as the second and third selections respectively.

“We’ve been trying to fund this reconstruction project for a number of years now, and maybe the third time will be the charm, but you never know,” Mayor Julie Gibbons said.

Gibbons said that the proposal to resubmit the project list from last year was made because of a lack of time due to all of the turnaround on the board this year.

“We had to do this because of short timing because we have been trying to take care of everything else,” Gibbons said. “We have had a lot going on in these six months that I have been mayor. We’ve been busy and next year is shaping up to be just as busy. Unfortunately we just didn’t have time to prepare this year.”

Gibbons added that the chances of Farnham being funded this period aren’t that great since they have received funds for the past two years.

“Under the circumstances, in which the Village of Farnham received substantial funds two years in a row for the construction of the park and Rural Transit, so the likelihood that we will see anything substantial is not that high.”

In addition to discussing the projects submitted this year, the board also discussed some items for possible inclusion for next year. Trustee Yvonne Heller brought up the idea of constructing a new handicap accessible bathroom at the park, which would increase attendance at village functions held at the park, while Trustee Peter Zaenglein brought up using CDBG funds for a generator.

Of the projects submitted by the Village last year, only Rural Transit was funded.

In other board news:

• The piano upstairs at village hall was declared surplus. The village board is looking at the possibility of making arrangements to sell it.

• Four additional windows were purchased for $1,744 in order to complete the village hall renovations.

• Halloween hours were set at 6 to 8p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

• A work session to discuss the impending water rate increase will be held Tuesday Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

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