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The Telegram
  • Herkimer to move ahead with creek project

  • The village of Herkimer will move ahead with the Bellinger Brook and culvert rehabilitation project.

    The village board of trustees voted during a meeting Tuesday to authorize Mayor Mark Ainsworth to sign the necessary contract with New York state for the project.

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  • The village of Herkimer will move ahead with the Bellinger Brook and culvert rehabilitation project.
    The village board of trustees voted during a meeting Tuesday to authorize Mayor Mark Ainsworth to sign the necessary contract with New York state for the project.
    “We were fortunate to receive a $225,000 grant,” architect Anthony Carlisto, of Ward Associates, told the board and praised Trustee Katherine Nichols for her work on the grant application.
    Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri said he would notify the state Department of Transportation that the village would be moving forward with the process to replace the bridge.
    Nichols explained in a telephone interview Bellinger Brook runs from Herkimer County Community College to the Mohawk River and over the years flooding has caused erosion and washouts down the length of the creek and this project is intended to deal with these issues.
    The state DOT red-flagged the bridge on Maple Grove Avenue last year. The bridge has been reduced to one lane of traffic and a weight limit was set. Emergency vehicles cannot use the bridge.
    Nichols said she wrote the grant application, which was submitted through the state’s Consolidated Funding Application website, including photos, an engineering report and a narrative describing the issue, but she credited Carlisto with impressing on the regional economic development council the importance of the project.
    Once all of the requirements are met, the village will advertise for bids on the project.
    “There are very strict government regulations,” Carlisto said.
    The $225,000 grant was announced in December as one of 725 economic development projects across the state awarded by the regional economic development council. The funds will be administered by the state Office of Community Renewal.
    While the village is preparing to begin the Bellinger Brook project, another project recently wound down. The Herkimer Port Project is finally completed, Carlisto told the village board.
    “It was in June 2003 that the initial grant was given, so the project is 10 years old,” he said.
    Carlisto said the final payment would be made to the general contractor and the project would be closed out.
    The Herkimer Port Project included the construction and expansion of storage space, additional restrooms and food service space on the port for outside patrons, as well as the construction of an outside amphitheater with seating and a pavilion. Electrical improvements were made along the amphitheater and walkway with lighting and railings to provide visibility and safety for people moving about the area. The port is universally accessible with ramps and flat paths.
    The project also included restoration of the barge terminal building, which features a depiction of the evolution of transportation in the village and surrounding area. A deck overlooks the amphitheater and the pavilion.
    Page 2 of 2 - The inside space was made into office space for Waterfront Grille and the rest of the building will be made into community space. Landscaping and paving of the port area were part of the project.
    The first phase of the project was completed in the early 2000s and work on the second phase was recently completed. A third phase would have included the construction of an inside theater, but due to limited funding, that part of the project was put on hold.

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