The state’s planned $41 million program to protect some of Wayne County’s most valuable property from Lake Ontario’s rising waters is good news to County Administrator Rick House.
However, House said, the next step is getting those flood-mitigation projects off the ground in as timely a manner as possible.
“It’s welcomed, but there are a lot of logistical issues,” House said.
At a special Board of Supervisors session Friday at 9 a.m., supervisors will discuss projects Wayne County will oversee. They also will get fresh information from county officials who attended a meeting on Wednesday in Albany.
Under the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, five projects are getting funding. The county will handle one (Crescent Beach, which serves as a barrier for Sodus Bay), while Wayne County Soil and Conservation will handle the Port, East and Blind Sodus bay-protection projects. Sodus Point is responsible for flood-mitigation initiatives at Sodus Point Park, Wickham Boulevard and Greig Street, as well as the White Birch Campground Wastewater Infrastructure Project.
The towns of Williamson and Ontario are receiving funding for work in their towns as well.