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Apr 22, 2011 4:45 pm
Bidding on sewer system prepared
Doron Tyler Antrim reports in the Daily Mail that the Town of Cairo "may be ready to go out to bid on major improvements to its sewer system by the end of May." He notes that grant writer Victor Cornelius and Alan Tavenner of Delaware Engineering updated the town board on the status of the nearly $3 million project at its April 20 meeting, most of which will be funded by a grant from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. Although the money will not be available until late June, the officials said, the town will be able to seek bids for the work before that time.

NYSERDA grants available to farmers
Kathy Kahn of HV Biz writes that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering agricultural producers and businesses that use electricity to heat water to consider applying for the state’s first incentive program for solar-thermal systems. The program will provide $25 million over the next five years to promote the production of hot water from solar power. The program provides incentives of up to $4,000 per site for eligible residential customers and up to $25,000 per site for eligible commercial and nonprofit customers who currently use electricity to produce hot water. If solar thermal technology is installed before December 31, 2012, agricultural operations are eligible to receive federal tax incentives in the form of a grant which will cover 30 percent of the installed costs, as well as New York State incentives which will cover 25 percent of the installed system up to $5,000. When federal and state tax incentives are combined with this newly released NYSERDA program, incentives are expected to cover 70-75 percent of installed costs.

Public Hearing About Robinson Street
"It's difficult to report on a meeting when you're a participant instead of an observer, so I defer to Jamie Larson's account of the goings-on at last night's public hearing on the proposed Robinson Street Historic District in today's Register-Star," writes Carole Osterink in her Gossips of Rivertown blog, referring to a story WGXC covered this morning and has been running audio recordings from all day. "If you're curious to know the context in which I talked about 'rich white men,' the full text of my presentation at the hearing can be accessed here," she adds, with a link at her website. Osterink goes on to laud the suggestion that the City create a fund from which homeowners in historic districts could borrow as "an idea whose time has come."

County may have to pay a fee to find a doc
Francesca Olsen reports in the Register-Star that the Columbia County Office of Behavioral Health Services "may be able to pay a finder’s fee if a third-party firm can find them a permanent psychiatrist." The problem is a growing need for doctors and increasing competition for them. The issue came up the county Board of Supervisors’ health and medical services committee on April 19. The idea to use a third-party firm, department heads said, was being suggested only after exhausting many other options.