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Sixteen Projects Located Throughout Sullivan County

June 1, 2009

[LIBERTY] – Four anti-littering campaigns, eleven derelict structure demolitions and one roadside area cleanup will all receive matching grants from Sullivan Renaissance through its Municipal Cleanup Grant Program. 

The program was announced on June 1 at the Liberty Village Hall on North Main Street in Liberty, one of two sites that will receive funding to install observation cameras to control illegal dumping.  Funding for anti-littering initiatives is a new element this year. 

The program provides matching grants to assist municipalities, which may use in-kind contributions, private and/or foundation funds, and other sources of revenue for their match.  Sullivan County is helping with disposal of the solid waste in the county landfill on a space available basis. 

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling deadline. 

“Many organizations and officials have been coming together to clean up unsightly locations around Sullivan County.  This year we have added grants to encourage proposals that prevent littering and dumping in the first place.  We are excited to develop new strategies that improve the appearance of our communities,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee. 

Sullivan Renaissance partners with the Sullivan County Legislature and Division of Public Works (DPW). “The Sullivan County Legislature is very happy to join with Sullivan Renaissance and our municipalities to address the problem of unsafe and unsightly structures, roadside dumps and littering.”said Majority Leader Kathleen LaBuda, who chairs the Legislative Public Works Committee.

With limited space in the landfill, the program encourages the separation, reduction and recycling of C&D debris prior to disposal. 

Returning as another partner is the internationally-based Waste Management Corporation of Beach Lake, PA, which will assist with removal of flood debris and roadside trash on Pleasant Street in Livingston Manor.

Projects funded through Sullivan Renaissance must comply with all local, state and federal rules and regulations.  This includes regulations governing the proper removal of asbestos-containing or other hazardous materials.  If a structure was built prior to 1980, a state licensed asbestos contractor must determine if asbestos-containing materials are present.  If present, they must be removed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. [Information about asbestos removal is available from Sullivan Renaissance.]

Now in its fourth year, the program assists municipalities with clean up of roadside dump sites; removal of derelict, unsightly and unsafe structures; and anti-littering campaigns.  Since its inception, the program has removed 34 derelict structures and cleaned up four roadside areas (with one more still in progress).

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Sponsorships are also provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.

Other programs include: three categories of grants based on the size of the projects; special awards for the showing of flowers, historic preservation, environmental impact and best practices; mini-grants; environmental demonstration grants; seasonal community matching grants; internships; and scholarships to SCCC and other colleges.  The school program assists young people with beautification projects at their school grounds or in their communities. 

For information, contact 845-295-2445 or

2009 Municipal Clean Up Grant Program

Municipality     Address     Grant     Landfill Tonnage     Description

1.     Bethel                     628 Creamery Road, Bethel       $3,500      25    Building demolition

2.     Delaware                 5659 Route 52, Kenoza Lake     $3,600      25    Building demolition

3.     Delaware                 36 Railroad Avenue, Callicoon    $2,400      25    Building demolition

4.     Fallsburg                Halprin Drive, Hurleyville               ---           25     Building demolition

5.     Fallsburg                64 Main Street, Mountaindale     $5,000      25     Building demolition

6.     Fallsburg                Roosevelt Avenue, Woodridge     $5,000      25     Building demolition

7.     Fallsburg                14 Lew Street, Woodridge           $5,000      25     Building demolition

8.     Jeffersonville          21 Lovett Lane, Jeffersonville       $2,500      16     Building demolition

9.     Neversink                466 Main Street, Grahamsville   $1,700      25    Building demolition

10.  Tusten                     First Avenue, Narrowsburg         $2,700     --               Building removal (controlled burn)

11.  Tusten                     Third Street, Narrowsburg         $2,100      15     Building demolition

12.  Rockland                 Pleasant Street, Liv. Manor          ---           --             Roadside clean-up (Waste Management)

13.  Liberty (Village)      Liberty Police Department          $2,000      --              Observation cameras & litter pick-up on Rt. 52

14.  Sullivan County      County Sheriff’s Office               $2,000       --             Observation camera for illegal dumping enforcement

15.  Fallsburg                N/A                                          $1,000       --            Anti Litter: bags, gloves, safety vests, incentives

16.  Thompson             N/A                                             $500        --             Anti Litter: gloves, safety vests, pickers & signs


Photos of the structures to be removed are available electronically.