The Telegram
  • Work on marina trail begins in Frankfort

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  • Work is under way on a new walking trail at the Frankfort Marina, village Superintendent Ron Vivacqua reported at Thursday evening's village department meeting.
    Village crews are clearing a path through a wooded area to create a trail that will follow a loop leading down by the water, out by Railroad Street and back across an open grassy area.
    A kayak launch will be installed and white sand put down in that area, Vivacqua said. The timetable for completion of this part of the project will depend on the weather, he said. While colder temperatures wouldn't slow the work, rain could.
    The marina expansion project was on a list of project updates submitted by Grant and Essential Management Services, the village's grant consultant, which the village board reviewed Thursday. GEMS has drafted a status update letter to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and released a design, engineering and permitting request for proposals to install fishing small boat access at the water's edge. These proposals are scheduled to be opened on Sept. 30, according to the report.
    The village has also received a $9,750 grant from Herkimer County HealthNet to install fitness equipment along the Frankfort Marina Trail.
    Eventually, the village hopes to add a recreational vehicle park with all of the necessary hookups and put in rental cabins at the marina site, Vivacqua said.
    GEMS has submitted a consolidated funding application for $250,000 for an RV park and facilities and a possible outdoor amphitheater at the marina.
    Consolidated funding applications have also been submitted for a $300,000 grant and loan combination program for local businesses and for $100,000 for the Frankfort Stripper Plant expansion. The business project would assist local businesses up to $50,000 each to improve efficiency, purchase additional equipment or support the retention or hiring of employees. The stripper plant expansion would provide working access to Well No. 3 to accommodate business development needs.
    The report also provided an update on projects that are currently under way including the Frankfort Main Street project and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state emergency management projects and forms, as well as on several upcoming grant opportunities.
    Street repairs
    The village board awarded a contract for street work in the village to Ron Bunce, who submitted a low bid of $76,476. Four bids were submitted.
    Vivacqua explained after doing the street resurfacing work that was planned, the village had excess funds available through the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program. He said village crews had marked out several intersections that needed work. After receiving quotes that exceeded that amount in the village's procurement policy, he advertised for sealed bids on the project. The low bid was higher than the amount left in the CHIPs fund, but Vivacqua said there is enough money in the village budget line item for road repair to make up the difference.
    Page 2 of 2 - "If you don't keep up with it, it becomes a major expense down the road and you have serious issues," said Vivacqua.
    Mayor Frank Moracco agreed. He said the village had to undertake a major street repair project in 2004 after the streets had been neglected for a period of time.