Bethel CWSRF, Bethel, NY
Community Center Restrooms, Wallkill, NY
Environmental Facilities Corporation Grant Applications, Wallkill, NY
Gold’s Gym, Harriman, NY
Grandview Estates, Wawayanda, NY
New York Rising Community Resiliency Grant Program, Wallkill, NY
Ocean Parkway and Robert Moses Causeway Hurricane Sandy Emergency Repairs, Long Island, NY
Reservoir Place Parking Improvements, Wappingers Falls, NY
Route 9D Pedestrian Improvements, Wappingers Falls, NY
T&A Concrete, Chuck Kessler LLC, Wawayanda, NY
Town of Wallkill Boys and Girls Club Offices, Wallkill, NY
Warwick Public Transit Garage, Warwick, NY
Water System Modernization, Wallkill, NY
Water Treatment Plant Solar Array, Wappingers Falls, NY
Woodbury Junction Subdivision WP3, Woodbury, NY
KC has witnessed the escalation in project costs over the past two decades and is well aware of the continuous budgetary strains our municipal clients have faced due to declining tax revenues and increases in mandated services. To help our clients face these challenges, we are constantly working to identify opportunities to source funding for the projects we work on.
KC has been very successful in securing funding for the design and construction of municipal building and infrastructure projects for our clients. We have helped our clients to secure Community Development Block Grants, Municipal Shared Services Grants, and Environmental Facilities Corporation grants and financing, as well as Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund grants and financing. We have been able to secure over $25,000,000 for our clients in the last two years, giving them the flexibility to move forward with needed projects while complying with tax cap restrictions.
Our extensive experience with these programs allows us to effectively manage the grant programs once our client is awarded funding. This experience helps to expedite the submission and reimbursement process while minimizing costs to the client. KC’s grant administration group consists of junior and senior compliance specialists, constructability reviewers, FEMA and FHWA reimbursement coordinators, grant coordinators, permit reviewers, and safety and quality engineers who not only assist with grant and loan applications but also are experienced in FEMA aid, FHWA reimbursements, permitting with local, county, and state agencies, researching and applying for grants, application processes and presentations, and performing quality control and quality assurance reviews.
KC investigated and secured grants through a program funded by the Federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act designed to fund projects that reduce future storm damage risk and enhance resiliency for natural disasters. The grant program was designed as a combined grant and zero interest loan through the New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and would provide a 25% grant and 75% zero interest loan for eligible projects. The secured grants included two projects totaling $3.1 million.
KC completed the application and approval process while working closely with officials from the Town, NYSDOH, and NYSEFC from the initial engineering report through the final grant application. Upon award of the grants, KC provided administrative services to ensure receipt of funds reimbursement for the Town.
The Town of Wallkill is located in close proximity with two adjoining municipal water systems. During emergencies, the City of Middletown and the Village of Goshen share their water. KC, as the Town of Wallkill Engineer, located a suitable grant and successfully pursued the grant application that provided a 25% grant with zero interest loan for the construction of municipal water interconnections.
Upon receipt of the grant, KC worked closely with the Town in negotiations for an intermunicipal agreement between both the City and the Village, as well as assisted the Town with securing the required permits and approvals.
Through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), with the help of then-State Senator Gipson, KC was able obtain a grant that provided funding for repairs along East Main Street in the Village of Wappingers Falls. The grant allowed for the complete reconstruction of East Main Street’s sidewalks in a heavy pedestrian use area of the Village. KC completed the funding application process, allowing the Village to obtain the necessary grant to complete the project. During the administration of the grant, KC worked closely with officials from the Village, DASNY, and State Senator Gipson’s office.
This Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project consisted of the reconstruction of 1,000 LF of road, sidewalks, curbs, portions of the sanitary sewer main and laterals, and the entire water main and service connections along DeLavergne Avenue in Wappingers Falls between Route 9D and Sheafe Road. KC completed the application process, allowing the Village to obtain the necessary funding to complete the project. During the administration of the grant, KC worked closely with officials from the Village as well as the County CDBG office.
KC worked on the Village of Wappingers Falls’ NY Prize Community Microgrid project. The Village was selected for a $100,000 NYSERDA grant for the feasibility study phase of a community microgrid project. The NYSERDA’s selected project was disaster resiliency of selections of electrical grids for the Village of Wappingers Falls in partnership with the Town of Poughkeepsie and the Tri-Municipal Sewer Commission due to increasing extreme weather events.
The project will combine renewable energy sources of existing hydropower, as well as existing and additional solar power, with the reliability of innovative energy storage technology, power generation by natural gas engine installations, and possible combined heat and power recovery and conversion. The proposed microgrid will provide power resiliency to a drinking water supply facility, an inter-municipal wastewater treatment plan, two emergency shelters, two firehouses, and hundreds of residential homes.
This project called for the complete utility replacement and reconstruction of the roadway of four streets in the Village, totaling approximately 4,200 feet. KC provided engineering and surveying support and provided construction inspection as well. KC also helped secure financing assistance from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation in the form of a $14.8M, 0% 30-year loan. This will save the Village millions of dollars in interest charges over the term of the loan.
The Winding Brook drainage corridor is a 3.5-mile tributary of the Wallkill River in the Town of Wallkill that traverses several residential neighborhoods as well as industrial and commercial zones before converging with the Wallkill River. KC was selected by GOSR and the Town of Wallkill to design a permanent solution for the flooding in the stream system. Each culvert was inspected and a detailed study was performed to determine the best solution.
The costs for the individual culverts were estimated using standard engineering practices, and a programmatic cost was developed for the entire system that was compliant with GOSR Funding for the project and accomplished the requirements of the project.
KC prepared the map, plan, and report for the Village of Wappingers Falls to secure a hardship loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) section of the Environmental Facilities Corporation in the amount of $14.8M.
This project includes the rebuilding of 14 streets, including sanitary sewer collection mains and laterals, rebuilding of the aerators at Tri-Municipal Sewer Plant, and rebuilding of the sludge drying facilities at the Tri-Municipal Sewer Plant.
This Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project consisted of installation of 900 LF of sidewalks, curbs, storm drain, rehabilitation of existing catch basins, lighting, and striping. The sidewalk was proposed along the eastern side of Route 17M between Ohio Avenue and the location across from Beakes Street in the Town of Wallkill. KC designed the sidewalks and curbing to allow safe travel for pedestrians of the Washington Heights neighborhood. KC prepared the preliminary and final surveying and mapping; designed the sidewalks, curbs, and drainage; and prepared the contract documents, plans, and specifications for the project.
KC completed the application process, allowing the Town to obtain the necessary funding to complete the project. During the administration of the grant, KC worked closely with officials from the Town as well as the County CDBG office.
KC prepared the map, plan, and report for the Village of Wappingers Falls to secure a hardship loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) section of the Environmental Facilities Corporation. This project included the rebuilding of several streets, including water mains and laterals. Much of the water main was over 100 years old and was in dire need of replacement. Upon award of the funding, KC provided administration services, which continued throughout the construction process.
KC worked through the application and approval process while working closely with officials from the Village, NYSDOH, and NYSEFC from the initial engineering report through the final grant application.