Recently, the Parks and Buildings Department of the town of Saugerties installed an electric vehicle charging station, in the south ice arena parking lot, off of Small World Avenue. The first of its kind, in Saugerties.
Unfortunately, there has been misinformation in media print and from communications the department and town has received.
The town of Saugerties did not fund the purchase, nor is the town paying for electrical charges for those who utilize.
The unit was purchased from LilyPad EV, under Ulster County bid award, with Prepaid Commercial Cloud Plan and installed in-house by the Parks and Buildings Department.
Both the procurement of the electrical vehicle charging station and the in-house install was done under terms of a NYS Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) Grant Contract # DEC01T00298GG-3350000. All costs associated with both are being reimbursed by DEC, through the DEC contract terms.
Although, this is a NYSDEC Grant, funds are not tax-payer derived. Rather funding came via a Volkswagen settlement award, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA then allocated to the States, with New York State receiving $127.7 million. The State chose to allocate all of the settlement award, from the auto maker, on clean air projects.
Additionally, as part of the settlement award, there is no charge to users who utilize for two years. DEC will be reimbursing during the course of the two years and no public (taxpayer) funds are being disbursed.
The next round of DEC funding has been announced and we are hoping to install two additional units, in the Cantine Complex, within the next eight to ten months. One, at the Frank Greco Memorial Center, along with one other at the Large Pavilion and Conference Center, 10 Pavilion Street.
For further information, please email email@example.com. You may also phone the Department at 845-246-5890 x 310.
Greg Chorvas, Supt. Parks & Buildings