By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA - A grant applied for by the Village of Medina received approval in the amount of $750,000. The announcement of the influx of funds came at Monday’s board meeting.
The grant request earned approval at the end of March. The Community Development Block Grant came through the Department of Housing and Community Renewal. Mayor Andrew Meier mentioned the speed at which the grant was awarded can be considered “lightning fast” for the New York State.
The grant is earmarked for costs associated with the Pickle Factory renovations. Among the businesses now operating in the building’s expanded area are Claims Recovery Financial Services, LLC, which is the main recipient of the grant.
Also on Monday, the board approved two proposals regarding the surveying of abandoned homes on Genesee Street. Meier said the information gathered in these surveys would serve as a first step toward their eventual demolition.
The costs for the necessary surveys are $2,400 and $2,800 per structure and will come from the village’s economic development fund.
The board also agreed to work with former Mayor Adam Tabelski and close part of downtown for a parade in conjunction with the Civil War Encampment at Genesee Community College at the end of the month. The parade route goes from Eagle Street to Main Street and ends at Park Street near the village clerk’s office. The roads are scheduled to close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 and reopen upon the end of the parade.
In other board notes, members approved spending no more than $600 to assist Nick Dieter, an Eagle Scout candidate, in his efforts to repair the roof of the gazebo in Canal Park.
The board also established the Journal-Register as its official newspaper of record, although Trustee David Barhite expressed some reservations.
“The paper is going to three days,” he said.
Meier and Trustee Mark Irwin understood his concern, but said it should not affect the village.
“The Journal-Register is Medina-based, it makes sense to keep our information that way,” Irwin said.
Meier added the only requirement the village has is to make sure any necessary public notices get published in a timely matter, not necessarily a certain number of times.