Engineer Anthony Carlisto of Ward Associates is concerned about the need for additional work to be done before spring in Bellinger Creek.
Additional riprap work is needed along the creek, Carlisto said. He pointed out while stones have been used to shore up creek banks in other communities, Herkimer has not received this kind of government assistance.
While a watershed study is being conducted in Herkimer, a report that comes out of that study will only tell what needs to be done, said Carlisto. "There's no financial part."
The results of the study aren't due until March.
Village Trustee Anthony Brindisi asked what is expected in terms of flooding next spring.
"It depends on the snow and how fast it melts," said Peter Macri, village Department of Public Works superintendent.
The worst-case scenario would be a repeat of the June flooding, Carlisto said.
"The worst area is below Brookwood," he said. "It could all cave in."
Carlisto recommended the village seek emergency assistance to stabilize the bank during the winter.
Some work on the bank has been done as part of the Maple Grove bridge replacement project, which was paid for with grant funding. Everything but the fence has been completed on that project.
Carlisto said Jablonski Excavating was able to finish a portion of its work on the creek in Brookwood Park this fall, including work on the sluiceway and some riprap work, but was unable to complete the planned work on the walls because of the cold temperatures. The workers moved on to Marginal Road to repair a sanitary sewer line there.
He said McDonald Engineering prepared an application and submitted it to the state seeking an 85 percent grant for a project to bring the wastewater treatment plant into compliance with new state requirements.
The village could choose between chlorination and an ultraviolet system to treat the water that is discharged from the plant. The ultraviolet system would be the more economical of the two, Carlisto said.
For the chlorination system, the village would have to construct a building and the cost would be twice as much as installing an ultraviolet system.