FULTONVILLE - A village resident announced Monday at the Village Board meeting he will establish a group to draw elected officials' attention to the needs of the village.
Chad Quackenbush, of 60 Union St., said the citizens group would be dedicated to raising awareness of the village's infrastructure issues, including problems with iron in the village's water supply, and flood repair and prevention projects for which FEMA has denied funds.
Quackenbush said the group could help get the attention of legislators - such as U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko and state Sen. Hugh T. Farley - so the village could not be ignored.
"My plan is to get as many people involved in it as I can. I'm going to try to put something together so that these elected officials that we have will be held accountable for what they're doing," Quackenbush said.
Quackenbush said he had no idea what type of structure the group will have, but he believes the group can be running by the first of the year. Then it can begin a door-to-door campaign in the village.
"The ultimate goal would be four or five people here that would do the talking of 1,500," Quackenbush said.
"I think that's the correct avenue to go," Mayor Robert Headwell said. "We're like the forgotten village."
Headwell said the village was denied a $600,000 grant last year for improvements to its water filtration system, and it had about $275,000 worth of FEMA funding denied.
Headwell said despite the lack of FEMA funding, the village hopes to have some kind of new levee system installed along the banks of the Mohawk River to prevent the village from flooding.
A $17,000 contract with the Laberge Group to design plans for the system has been made, Headwell said, but he does not believe the village will be reimbursed. Once it is designed, Headwell said, he will approach the Army Corps of Engineers about funding the project.
The village also may move forward with a plan to introduce phosphorous into the village's water filtration system to try and ease the poor quality of the water that village residents have complained about.
Headwell said plans are under way to install a new controller, meter and chlorinator for the village as well.
Headwell said the hope is to figure out the problem without buying and installing a new system. Headwell estimated a new system would cost $1.2 million, which he said the village can't afford.
Headwell said he believes Quackenbush's group will help.
"I'm happy that [Quackenbush is] out trying to do that," Headwell said. "He understands what we're trying to do here."
Chad Quackenbush said he is not related to Tom Quackenbush, the Minden Supervisor running for state Assembly.