Region's sewer fixes getting $38.5M i...

Region's sewer fixes getting $38.5M in federal grants, loans

There are 7 comments on the The Mid-York Weekly story from Jul 9, 2010, titled Region's sewer fixes getting $38.5M in federal grants, loans. In it, The Mid-York Weekly reports that:

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a July 9, 2010, announcement that Oneida County and the city of Utica will receive $38.5 million in loans and federal grants to combat sewer issues.

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Since: Jun 10

New Hartford, NY

#1 Jul 10, 2010
To late for my basement! The runoff couldn't handle a downpour last year and went into the antiquated, eroded Utica sewer system which got backed up because stuff off the street was being forced down there by the runoff system and it all back up in my basement! I lost everything ... and was very poorly compensated by the city of Utica. Plus what I got was a fight. I'm glad that Utica is looking into fixing this problem, but as said it is to late for me. I lost stuff which can never be replaced!
piper

Utica, NY

#2 Jul 10, 2010
It's scary. In old cities like Utica, nobody really knows what is below the street level. There could be pipes which are a hundred years old. I wouldn't want my kids drinking water that has to travel through such pipes before it reaches my house. This is why incidents of lead poisoning are so high in Utica.
joe the plumber

Utica, NY

#3 Jul 10, 2010
Vacancy rates in a lot of parts of Utica are horrendous. It doesn't make sense to fix up the plumbing in neighborhoods where nobody is going to be living in 20 years.

They better track where all that money goes, because I can assure you that much of it will not go into repairing Utica's crumbling infrastructure.
nono

Utica, NY

#4 Jul 10, 2010
The 38.5 million figure is misleading. Most people in Utica don't work and pay taxes. Municipalities that have large tax bases can afford to pay for things like infrastructure upkeep. But Utica has to go looking for underwriters for most of its big projects, and usually this means the state and/or federal government picks up the tab.

This is not Big Government. Washington isn't doling out millions of dollars to each and every city across the country. There isn't a special branch of the government responsible for the building and repairing of every single sewer system in America. There are plenty of cities and counties elsewhere that can afford to maintain their own sewers and roadways without any outside help.
Joe the Plumber

Utica, NY

#5 Jul 10, 2010
nono wrote:
There are plenty of cities and counties elsewhere that can afford to maintain their own sewers and roadways without any outside help.
Utica maintains its own roadways. Paving potholes is one of the mayor's chief duties - that along with trying to keep the city's bond rating afloat. If Utica's bond rating falls below junk bond status, the city will have a difficult time borrowing money. And if the city cannot borrow money, it is screwed.
LOL

Bradenton, FL

#6 Jul 10, 2010
The only friggin sewers the federal government should be fixing is the House and Senate.

otherwise the federal government has absolutly NO business putting tax money into sewer work......

it's chit like this that keeps America in debt.....

any average homeowner with a family in America could cut enough BULLCHIT out of the budget to balance it while taking care of Americans in need.
Spot On

Houston, TX

#7 Jul 10, 2010
Good point. Parts of Utica should just be leveled and allowed to return to nature. Physically reduce the size of the city like they're doing in Detroit.
joe the plumber wrote:
Vacancy rates in a lot of parts of Utica are horrendous. It doesn't make sense to fix up the plumbing in neighborhoods where nobody is going to be living in 20 years.
They better track where all that money goes, because I can assure you that much of it will not go into repairing Utica's crumbling infrastructure.

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