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Building Removal, Roadside Cleanups, Anti-Littering Efforts

March 6, 2009

[LIBERTY] – Applications are now available for matching grants to help municipalities remove derelict, unsightly and unsafe structures; cleanup roadside sites; and institute anti-littering campaigns.  Funding of up to $5,000 for each project comes through the Sullivan Renaissance “Municipal Cleanup Grant” program.

Grants for local anti-litter campaigns are a new element this year.  Requests can be made to purchase litter pluck equipment, litter deterrent and enforcement projects, and public education.

The application process is simple, but applications must be received by Monday, March 30.  For building removal projects, private property owners wishing to participate in this program should contact their local code enforcement officer or building inspector to inquire about sponsoring an application.  Only towns and villages are eligible to apply for these grants.

Municipalities may use in-kind contributions, private and/or foundation funds, and other sources of revenue for their match.  Structures that are subject to controlled burns by local fire departments and have received the appropriate approvals are also eligible for funding.

In addition to the grant funding, the Sullivan County Legislature will cover a portion of the tipping fees (up to 25 tons per project) associated with disposal of the construction debris at the county landfill.  Program partners such as Taylor Recycling, Waste Management and Thompson Sanitation have also contributed services to projects in the past. 

“There is still a lot of work to do in cleaning up old buildings that are derelict, unsightly and have no historic value,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.  “We want to thank our county and municipal officials and all our partners for joining with us again to continue improving the look of Sullivan County, especially as we celebrate our bicentennial.”

Last year, almost $50,000 was granted to eleven municipalities for the removal of 23 buildings and three roadside clean up projects.  Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding is secured by Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. 

For more information about the program or to request a copy of the Municipal Cleanup Grant application, contact Helen Budrock at 845-295-2462 or visit