TOU Buyouts Approved

By Erika Mahoney

TOU Buyouts Approved

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Town of Union has received the final letter of approval from FEMA, meaning all 176 properties that applied will be bought out.

Town leaders estimate the total cost for the program will be just under $17.5 million.

Officials said they are pleased the process is moving forward.

"We are now ready to go, and we are looking forward to moving along with our residents," said Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak (R). "Hopefully before fall, we will have most of the homes down."

Sotak said the town will soon release bid packages for the required appraisals of the properties in the buyout.

Leaders have set up three information meetings, broken up by neighborhoods, so homeowners do not have to worry about speaking to the town office.

"The big reason is, a lot of these people have been through enough hardship," said Sotak. "We don't want them to have to take time off from work and come in here. Thank you to our department heads and the staff we have. They will be coming in at nights to accommodate our residents."

Information regarding how the Town of Union's recently acquired Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief Program is helping pay the way will also be discussed.

Meetings:

Monday, January 28; 7 p.m. -- Westover
Wednesday, January 30; 7 p.m. -- Endwell and West Corners
Thursday, January 31; 7 p.m. -- Fairmont Park

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