GLENVILLE – Of all the communities impacted by the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express, from Montreal to New York City, Glenville was the first to ask for and will receive an $80,000 public benefit fee, Town Supervisor Christopher Koetzle announced Monday.
Glenville will receive $80,000 from the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a 1,250-megawatt project, Koetzle said.
The money will be used to complete the second phase of a sidewalk project on Alplaus Avenue, from the firehouse to Maple Avenue. The first phase of the sidewalk project, funded by the Safe Routes to School grant, spans from the firehouse to Glencliff Elementary School.
“The sidewalks on Alplaus Avenue have been 40 years in the making and I’m proud of the fact that we’re able to put together the grants and this public benefit to finally deliver the sidewalks that badly needed pedestrian access,” the supervisor said.
The 1,250 megawatt, 338-mile line, which also runs through Rotterdam and Scotia, among other local communities, is the proposed high-voltage direct current submarine power cable project linking the Montreal area to Queens. The line is permitted and expected to be operational in 2025. Construction starts later this year.
“When the folks from the Champlain Hudson Power line came to speak to us a couple years back about needing a resolution to support the project,” Koetzle said, “my first response was, ‘It’s going to have an impact on our community, and we would want a public benefit fee.’ “
Koetzle said he was told that the power company didn’t do that, nor had any other municipality asked for one.
“I said, ‘I’m fighting for my people of Glenville, and you need to compensate us for that,’ and we ended up being able to work out a public benefit agreement – that an $80,000 payment would be made upon closing,” the supervisor said.
Koetzle said he made the request for two reasons.
“Being a full-time supervisor and having the big picture of the needs of the community in front of you every single day, is No. 1,” he said. “I knew we had needs, and I saw there’s going to be an impact in the area where we had needs.”
Secondly, Koetzle said he brings a private-sector business mentality to local government.
“I’ve never sat down at a table and not negotiated a deal that was good for the people I was negotiating for, and so, to me it was just common sense.”