By NICOLE ANTONUCCI
FONDA -- Village officials are looking for help from local, county and state officials to fund $4.5 million in flood mitigation projects.
Mayor William Peeler said he is seeking assistance from the state's Rising Waters grant and the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency (FEMA) to mitigate a creek that causes flooding throughout the village.
"The frequency of the flooding has increased over the past several years," Peeler said. "We are trying to remedy or mitigate the situation with the creek because it threatens not only our residential properties but our business district, which is very small."
The unnamed creek runs down from Johnstown into the village along Route 30A behind the Montgomery County Office Building and residences on Broadway, under Route 5 and out by the Department of Public Works building on Park Street.
Planned projects to mitigate the flooding include detention ponds to control the flow of water into the village as well as lining the creek to reduce sediment buildup, adding culverts and more.
Peeler is asking for local, county and state officials to sign letters of support to help obtain the funding.
The town of Mohawk passed a resolution supporting the village's effort at a meeting Thursday.
"Since the majority of the flooding and damage is in the village and affects the right of way of Route 30A and CSX, the village would bear the burden of the expense to correct the ongoing drainage issue," Councilman Bill Holvig said. "Since this is a main artery to Johnstown Industrial Park, the city of Johnstown and Gloversville and the north country, I would think that the state would get involved to find a solution to this issue."
Holvig said an increase in the number of storms has caused flash flooding and there is a need for more proactive flood control measures to reduce damage to public and private property in the area.
"In 2006, the creek overflowed, wiped out our culverts and went right into our DPW building," he said. "We need to support this because when it floods, traffic stops."
Mohawk Town Supervisor Edward Bishop agreed something needs to be done.
"It is a problem, that is for sure," he said.
Peeler said the village has tried to mitigate some of the flooding by having the DPW perform regular maintenance on the storm drains and keeping an eye on the creek.
The village is working with the county's Economic Development and Planning Department to apply for the grant.