PRATTSVILLE, N.Y. -- A Greene County town is looking for a newer, brighter and bigger future after having almost having it all taken away by flooding three years ago.
Prattsville residents continued Monday night to come up with plans to put their town on the map, hoping for funds from the state.
For Prattsville, a transformation would be life-giving. In 2011, the storms Irene and Lee changed lives.
"It was devastating. But we have come back a long way," said Prattsville Planning Committee member Kristin Tompkins.
After years of planning, preparing and dreaming big for their small town, Prattsville has a proposal to submit under the governor's New York Rising Community Reconstruction program.
Discussions tonight centered around a community center, health center and senior housing. At the top of their list of strategies is a town common, providing services these townspeople currently don't have.
"This is a generational thing for me. I have my grandmother here, my grandparents lived here, my parents live here, I live here with my husband. I want my kids to have that option as well," Tompkins said.
But as they submit and wait, they've already found a way to look back and look forward.
"This has been a gift, to have this hopefulness and camaraderie and remind us of what's important and bring us all back together for the common good," Tompkins said.
No price tag was given for the town common project, but committee members say they're still determining the cost, but it will be high. It will be included in their final proposal, due March 31.
However, there's another competition for funding called "Rising to the Top." Each winning community in eight different "best of" topics will get an additional $3 million. That deadline to submit entries is March 1.