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October 7, 2013

Sidney meeting to discuss flooding plan

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Sidney village residents are encouraged to share their thoughts Wednesday at a public meeting about a long term community recovery strategy to rebuild from flooding and mitigate problems from future incidents, two officials said Sunday. The Sidney New York Rising Community Planning Committee will host the meeting from 6-7 p.m. in the board room of the Sidney Civic Center at 21 Liberty Street.

The committee received funding from the state to work on the long-term plan, Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak said. He is on the group, also made up of business members and residents. They have been working on the plan, for about a year and a half, to lay the groundwork for the future of Sidney, he said. 

“We are hoping for a good turnout.” 

The group held a similar meeting at the high school about a year ago.

When completed, “it will lead to a plan on how we deal with future disaster and how we can rebuild the community to reduce the impact of future flooding,” he said.

Adequate community feedback will help develop a plan that could give the community access to more than $3 million in state grants for the work.

New York Community Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several storm recovery initiatives to help communities damaged from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The state allocated $25 million to the efforts. Additional funds are available to support projects and activities identified in the plans, according to a media release from New York Rising.

Also a member of the group is community resident Noel Goodspeed.

 It’s important for all community members to attend, especially those who have been affected by previous flooding, he said.

 “They have the most at stake.” 

He moved from the affected area, so he has personal experience as a flood victim.

It is not possible to fix all the issues that contributed to the flooding, but the committee is coming up with ways to be prepared and minimize the impact, he said. He was hoping there would be good attendance so committee members can get a variety of opinions and make sure that nothing was missed. It will be helpful in obtaining future funding, he said.