CHENANGO COUNTY – Afton, Bainbridge, and the Chenango Blues Association each stand to benefit from more than $35,000 in grants recently awarded in Chenango County by the Constitution Pipeline Company.
The Constitution Pipeline announced the sixth installment of its Constitution Pipeline Community Grant program last week, disbursing more than $200,000 throughout six counties in New York and Pennsylvania. Grants are to benefit local communities traversed by the proposed 124-mile natural gas line.
In Chenango, the pipeline would run adjacent to the I-88 corridor in the towns of Afton and Bainbridge before entering Broome County to the south, and Delaware County to the east.
The $35,000 awarded in Chenango County will be divvied up among four entities: $10,000 to the Village of Bainbridge for replacement of a village police vehicle; $5,000 to the Bainbridge Historical Society to front costs of a new roof; $5,000 to the Chenango Blues Association to help with the 23rd annual Chenango Blues Festival; and $15,000 to the Town of Afton to help offset costs of its town court and town hall unification project.
“We had applied for that grant through the Constitution Pipeline specifically for the purpose of our court unification project,” said Afton Town Supervisor John Lawrence.
In April, voters in Afton approved a proposal that the Afton Town Supervisor enter a contract to purchase a vacant 8,000 square foot property formerly owned by a private industry. The township intends to consolidate town court and business offices in that building using grant funds from State Senator Tom Libous, money earmarked for the project in the town’s reserves, and of course the Constitution Pipeline grant...