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Power On The Block?

Possible funds would be used for community development, village hall generator

Mineola Village Hall could receive an emergency generator if federal Community Development Block Grant funds are approved.

These grants are made available to villages to improve the lives of residents in both public and private spaces. The installation of the generator would be a second source of energy should the building lose power.

The Village of Mineola is applying for $610,000 total in block grant funding: $125,000 for residential rehabilitation throughout the village, $75,000 for code enforcement to enforce illegal housing, $60,000 for construction of a pocket park on Emory Road and $350,000 for the generator, officials revealed. The village must apply each year. However, Mineola would not necessarily receive the amount for which it applies.

If approved, funds will not be available until January or February 2014, according to Community Development Coordinator and past mayor Bob Hinck. The federal funds are distributed to the Department of Housing and Governmental Affairs of Nassau County and are administered to municipalities on a need basis.

Hinck was appointed to the position by former Mayor Jack Martins and subsequently reappointed by current mayor Scott Strauss. He believes these grants can enhance the village.

The Emory Road pocket park would serve residents north of Jericho Turnpike and south of Wilson Boulevard. The park would be adjacent to Village of Mineola Emory Road water facility property.

“It would include fencing, paved paths, benches and playground equipment,” said Hinck. 

The village applied for $524,000 in block grant funds in 2012: $125,000 in residential rehab, $75,000 for code enforcement, $300,000 for downtown parking improvements and $24,000 to improve handicapped accessibility.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work [Hinck] put in over the years through this program, certainly the residential rehab has benefitted, not only our seniors, but others in a time of need,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “I think it’s important that we have secondary source of energy here in the community center during the case of a utility emergency whether it’s because of a hurricane or a snowstorm, the building will have power.”

Portions of grant monies from 2012 are still available, but are already “spoken for” according to Hinck.

“There are three pending new applications we received,” he said.