UPPER DELAWARE - The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) approved payments on August 22 for the three final projects completed under its Fiscal Year 2017 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program.

Since 1988, the UDC has awarded a cumulative total of $845,605 in TAGs to fund 247 projects. Applications from member municipalities for the 2018 round focusing on land use planning and zoning projects are due by Aug. 31.

The latest projects submitted to the UDC for reimbursement were:

Town of Highland - $10,000 to update and replace the Town Zoning Law, for which the town hired LaBerge Engineering & Consulting Group of Albany to work with a local task force in consultation with Highland’s 2011 master plan. The total project was valued at $21,322.80. Town of Tusten - $8,000 to codify Town Laws and Ordinances, the first phase of a projected three-year project with General Code of Rochester, NY to expedite the town’s planning, zoning, and ease of access to its laws by developing an organizational analysis, editorial and legal analysis, and code manuscript. Shohola Township - $4,675 to create and print a “Shohola Boarding Houses: Postcards from the Past” illustrated soft-cover book (Tribute/LeeWay Publishing © 2017), authored by Brien Lee and produced by Dennis Lee for the Shohola Railroad and Historical Society.

The UDC had originally awarded $36,280 to fund seven TAGs on Oct. 6, 2016, with an August 18, 2017 deadline to complete the work.

On July 11, the Town of Hancock withdrew its approved $2,500 project to develop an environmental assessment of impacts to communities below the New York City reservoirs due to constraints on securing additional funds and partners.

Three previously completed FY 2017 TAG projects and final payments were:

Berlin Township - $5,000 to inventory all stormwater culverts along township roads and add them as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) layer to Berlin’s base map.

Town of Lumberland - $3,105 to purchase, install, and obtain training on software for the Town Highway Department to help track road conditions for optimum safety, monitor expenses related to maintenance of vehicles and equipment in the fleet, and develop a 10-year plan for road maintenance.

Town of Deerpark - $2,757 to create and print a “Historic Markers of the Town of Deerpark” brochure.

Please visit the Technical Assistance Grants webpage at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or contact Resource Specialist Pete Golod at (845) 252-3022 or pete@upperdelawarecouncil.org with any questions.