Village Misses Deadline for Sewer Grants

Village Misses Deadline for Sewer Grants

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Not Suprised

Bronx, NY

#1 Aug 15, 2013
A state environmental agency and Suffolk County officials say Mastic Beach has missed key deadlines to receive funding next year for a proposed sewage treatment plant.
Mayor Bill Biondi said village leaders still plan to apply for grants, even if it is for the following cycle, but Suffolk officials warn the money may no longer be available.
Suffolk officials say the village is not eligible for $30 million in grants and loans with the sewer infrastructure program because it missed the June 4 application deadline, and isn't in the construction phase.

To receive the money, Mastic Beach "must have a project ready to go," said Joshua Slaughter, spokesman for Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, whose district includes the 3-year-old municipality. He warned the grant money might not be available after next year. County officials say the program may not exist after next year.
At Tuesday's Mastic Beach board meeting, trustees withdrew an agenda item through which they would have chosen one of three engineering firms bidding to design the facility. The board is expected to revisit the issue at a Sept. 10 meeting.
Once the board chooses an engineering firm, it is expected to receive $500,000 in state grants state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has secured for the village's sewer infrastructure. The money was part of a years-old $2 million Brookhaven Town grant to improve the Mastic Beach, Mastic and Shirley areas.
Mastic Beach is seeking up to $11 million in federal and state monies to design its first sewage-treatment plant, which officials believe would help upgrade residential cesspools and draw commercial businesses. Environmental advocates hope a treatment facility would minimize nitrogen levels in local waterways.
A day after Mastic Beach officials announced plans to pursue funds for the project, the state Environmental Facilities Corporation on Tuesday said the village is not eligible for any of the $450 million in grants and loans available to municipalities in the 2014 federal fiscal year because it did not apply by the Feb. 1 deadline.
The EFC, which manages the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, finances facilities that improve, maintain or protect water quality such as wastewater collection and treatment plants. It also finances local governments and public authorities for planning, design and construction of eligible water quality projects, EFC officials said.
Biondi said he's not deterred. Design research on the treatment plant could take 12 months, after which the village would apply for the funds. "We're in the initial planning stages," the mayor said Tuesday, before the village's monthly meeting.
Village residents and board members seem to agree that a treatment facility is needed.
"The system of cesspools is an old waste solution that does not help the homeowner in the long term and limits commercial expansion," resident Geoffrey Slack, 56, said at the meeting.

Village trustee Gary Stiriz said bringing a treatment center to the area is "a necessary part of redevelopment for Mastic Beach."
Not Suprised

Bronx, NY

#2 Aug 15, 2013
You can't make this stuff up. The stupidity and lack of knowledge has cost mastic beach again.
Brady

Stamford, CT

#4 Aug 16, 2013
Missing a deadline sounds like an error, but it simply means the plans were not "ready to go" at the time the grant application was due. Doing something right is better than quick and half-assed.
MBLover

Manorville, NY

#5 Aug 16, 2013
Brady wrote:
Missing a deadline sounds like an error, but it simply means the plans were not "ready to go" at the time the grant application was due. Doing something right is better than quick and half-assed.
I do agree that doing something right is better than doing it half-assed but it seems to be putting out a press release saying they were applying for the grants sound pretty half-assed to me. They had to have know the deadlines if they could read an application. Another blunder just makes for more dismay with the officials of the Village. They really need to start gettting their act together and act like a government should and not like a Loony-Toons cartoon.
Whip It Good

Springfield, NJ

#6 Aug 16, 2013
LAME-O
UH HUH

Sound Beach, NY

#7 Aug 16, 2013
MBLover wrote:
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I do agree that doing something right is better than doing it half-assed but it seems to be putting out a press release saying they were applying for the grants sound pretty half-assed to me. They had to have know the deadlines if they could read an application. Another blunder just makes for more dismay with the officials of the Village. They really need to start gettting their act together and act like a government should and not like a Loony-Toons cartoon.
I do have to agree there,,,,,Why do a press conference if you missed the deadline....But on another note, do it once , do it right and at least its in the works now...
confused

Bronx, NY

#8 Aug 16, 2013
Brady wrote:
Missing a deadline sounds like an error, but it simply means the plans were not "ready to go" at the time the grant application was due. Doing something right is better than quick and half-assed.
except that the only problem is that the grants will not be available later. you are right though, they did do it half assed.
confused

Bronx, NY

#9 Aug 16, 2013
UH HUH wrote:
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I do have to agree there,,,,,Why do a press conference if you missed the deadline....But on another note, do it once , do it right and at least its in the works now...
no matter how badly the village screws up, you are still going to defend them. They F....d up, plain and simple. they missed out on grant monies that will not be available later on. stop defending their incompetence.
Evan Politico

Bronx, NY

#10 Aug 16, 2013
Mastoids relax! I will eatz all your poops from your cesspools.
Badtothebone

Atlantic Beach, NY

#11 Aug 16, 2013
Good peeps of Mastic Yo! I will fight this politico guy and then dine on fine marbled Mastic steak Yo!
Evan Politico

Bronx, NY

#12 Aug 17, 2013
Badtothebone wrote:
Good peeps of Mastic Yo! I will fight this politico guy and then dine on fine marbled Mastic steak Yo!


I dine on my dadz tube steak andz my momz bush crabz. Yo

Since: Apr 09

Mastic, NY

#13 Aug 17, 2013
Brady wrote:
Missing a deadline sounds like an error, but it simply means the plans were not "ready to go" at the time the grant application was due. Doing something right is better than quick and half-assed.
ONE OF MANY ERROR'S
Like a the half assed attempt to apply. Obviously we need someone who knows how to apply for grants and not the idiots who are in power now. Most likely they couldn't figure out how to make there relatives or themselves richer in the process. Watch as one of their relatives opens a construction business that installs sewer lines.
MBLover

Manorville, NY

#14 Aug 17, 2013
The Village officials must be the laughing stock of the County since this story was in Newsday and all over the internet. It shows how they have no clue what they are doing. I can't understand how they didn't know the deadline, since grant applications would have the deadline listed. Either they can't read or they are just plain ignorant.
Deadline Ignorance

Shirley, NY

#15 Aug 17, 2013
Incompetent and pathetic is the terms you want to apply in their portfolios. I cannot understand how they will have the nerve to face the residents at the next public meeting. How embarrassing and ignorant can this individual be to sustain the title of Mayor
Brady

Stamford, CT

#16 Aug 17, 2013
If they weren't ready for this "deadline" , that is not a failure. Giving up on trying to improve the village would be a failure. It sounds like the $500,000 is still available..that is what Newsday reported Sen. Zelden seems to be saying.
MBLover

Manorville, NY

#17 Aug 17, 2013
Brady wrote:
If they weren't ready for this "deadline" , that is not a failure. Giving up on trying to improve the village would be a failure. It sounds like the $500,000 is still available..that is what Newsday reported Sen. Zelden seems to be saying.
I am sorry but you sound almost as ignorant as the Village officials. Saying that is isnt' a failure because they weren't ready to meet the deadline is comical. Why then did they put out press releases,etc. touting how amazing they were for applying for the grant? You can't fix stupid apparently and they really seem stupid and incompetent at this point.
confused

Bronx, NY

#18 Aug 17, 2013
Brady wrote:
If they weren't ready for this "deadline" , that is not a failure. Giving up on trying to improve the village would be a failure. It sounds like the $500,000 is still available..that is what Newsday reported Sen. Zelden seems to be saying.
the five hundred thousand had NOTHING to do with us being a village. the money was part of the grant given to the ENTIRE trihamlet community to look into sewering the area. the deadline was not something that comes up every year. money is not available for this again. now, some other town/village will benefit from mastic beach village's stupidity and lack of experience. they knew about the five hundred thousand 5 MONTHS ago. so did everyone who read the papers. the village was not ready because they didn't do their due diligence (again) don't you get it yet? they are totally incompetent; unable to even read the deadline date that is online for anyone who is interested enough to find it.
Brady

Stamford, CT

#19 Aug 17, 2013
confused wrote:
<quoted text>the five hundred thousand had NOTHING to do with us being a village. the money was part of the grant given to the ENTIRE trihamlet community to look into sewering the area. the deadline was not something that comes up every year. money is not available for this again. now, some other town/village will benefit from mastic beach village's stupidity and lack of experience. they knew about the five hundred thousand 5 MONTHS ago. so did everyone who read the papers. the village was not ready because they didn't do their due diligence (again) don't you get it yet? they are totally incompetent; unable to even read the deadline date that is online for anyone who is interested enough to find it.
SO WHERE ARE THE PLANS FOR THE OTHER TWO HAMLETS?
petty babies

Moriches, NY

#20 Aug 17, 2013
Brady wrote:
<quoted text>SO WHERE ARE THE PLANS FOR THE OTHER TWO HAMLETS?
Who cares? I PAY TAXES TO MBV, NOT SHIRLEY. WHERE HAS THE MBV PLANS BEEN? FOR ANYTHING?
No plans and no budgets. Thats how this village operates. Oh yeah, hire family first, then family "emergence no bid contracts", then friends.
You got to be kidding

Mastic, NY

#21 Aug 17, 2013
I thought Mastic Beach was one big SEWER anyway....So whats the big deal we are already up to our elbows in $hit!

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