WILMINGTON - Eight months after the spring flood, Wilmington has received some of the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds it was awarded.
The town received $113,500 on Friday, Dec. 9, but its officials expect $100,000 more from FEMA to pay for damage caused by the spring flooding.
As for FEMA aid awarded to the area for damage Tropical Storm Irene caused Aug. 28, Wilmington is still waiting on that.
Town Supervisor Randy Preston said it could be months before the town starts to see that money, based on this past reimbursement experience with FEMA.
The pavilion has been completed, but additional grant funding needed to complete the beach revitalization project was denied to the town.
The cost to construct the already completed bathrooms and pavilion was higher than expected, so more funding was needed to realize the plan for the beach, which included installing fencing, paving the parking area, having a handicap-accessible fishing dock and creating an additional trail.
"The governor came up with this new regional approach, and all the grants fell under this," Preston said. "The good things was the North Country got $103 million, but a lot of that went to other places, where because we had an approved local waterfront revitalization plan, we were before kind of at the top of the list as far as funding, and now, the initiatives were pushed in other directions."
As a result, Preston said the town will have to prioritize its to-do list for the beach.
"We really don't want to leave a gravel parking lot, so we're probably going to come up with something to at least get the fencing done and the parking lot paved," he said.
Residents can expect the beach to open in June.
The town is moving forward in the process of purchasing the piece of land it currently uses as a tee-ball field.
As of now, that piece of property, which is located across the street from Wilmington's community center, is privately owned, and the property owner has an agreement with the town to let it use the property in exchange for paying the taxes on it.
"We thought if there was an opportunity and we could retain ownership of it, we should because it's a very nice spot and works out very well for the town," Preston said.
The town applied and was approved for a $48,900 grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to buy the tee-ball field. Preston said the town approached the property owner before applying for the grant and said the property owner was open to selling the property to the town should it be approved for the grant.
The piece of property was assessed at $60,000, so the town will have to come up with the $11,100 that's not covered by the grant in order to purchase it.