Chenango DPW deals with late state, fed payments, Rt. 12 project timeline

NORWICH – Making payroll has been tight for the Chenango County Department of Public Works lately as $1.4 million in state and federal reimbursements are still out.

DPW Director Randy Gibbon told members of the Public Works Committee Sept. 18 that the New York State Transportation Department owed the county $800,000 for work completed on state Rt. 12 along the Halfway House Bridge juncture. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Association was scheduled to reimburse the department $700,000 for the Race Road Bridge. Gibbon said that project could be completed this week.

A $1.7 million reimbursement from the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program came through over the weekend.

“It hurts our budgeting when we don’t get reimbursement when we expect it from them,” Gibbon said.

The director pointed to NYSDOT reimbursements that were previously approved, but then subject to review again. “We have received notice from the DOT that we will hear their decision soon,” he told the committee. Everything was already in place for payment, so I don’t know what’s going on.”

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