The Herkimer Community Museum could continue to operate at its present location behind the Frank J. Basloe Library for another two years if the Herkimer village board agrees to extend its lease.
Daniel Sargent, assistant to the president at Herkimer County Community College, attended last week’s meeting of the Herkimer village board to present a proposal to extend the lease agreement for the museum until July 31, 2015. Sargent said the museum has secured the signed agreements with the owner of the artifacts for that length of time.
He said more than 1,000 people have visited the museum since it opened last year and plans are being made for a one-year anniversary celebration. There has been a second round of visits by Herkimer second graders, he said, and the sixth grade classes have also scheduled visits. He also expects to see visitors from other area schools.
“We’d like to continue,” said Sargent.
Trustee Katherine Nichols asked if there were plans to continue the museum beyond the next two years.
Sargent said there are no plans to continue it beyond that time. He also said grant funding for the museum is being sought through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
Village Attorney Nicholas Macri asked to review the lease agreement and the board tabled action on the request, pending his review.
The museum got its start in July 2011 when Herkimer County Community College entered into a two-year agreement with the International Museum Institute of New York for the use of its replicated artifacts and associated paintings and prints. The college then partnered with the village of Herkimer and Herkimer Now, a local economic revitalization group, to create a home for the artifacts in the space contiguous to Basloe Library.
Bellinger Brook project
The board received a pair of bids for engineering services for the Bellinger Brook project.
Ward Associates submitted a bid of $19,500 while Barton and Loguidice submitted a bid of $28,282.
The board tabled action on the bids pending a review.
It was pointed out that a timeline for the project, including the proposal for engineering must be submitted by April 11.
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. The project is intended to deal with these issues.
The village has been awarded a $225,000 grant for the project. It was announced in December 2012 as one of 725 economic development projects across the state awarded by the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. The funds will be administered by the state Office of Community Renewal.
Village Trustee Anthony Brindisi asked that the board consider special recognition of the village police department for its work during the March 13 shootings in Herkimer and Mohawk.
Page 2 of 2 - “I’m very proud of our police department,” he said, adding that village police officers were first to locate shooter Kurt Myers when he hid in the former Glory Days building on North Main Street and handled the situation until other law enforcement agencies arrived. “They kept him contained and village residents safe from further harm. We need to recognize those efforts.”
Brindisi said in a telephone interview the board should also recognize other village employees for their actions that day.
In other business, the board:
• Approved a request from the Mohawk Valley YWCA for the use of Myers Park on April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. for its Take Back the Night Rally. Set-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. The organization has several activities planned to mark Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
• Received an invitation for village officials to attend a meeting on April 9 at the Radisson in Utica to review plans put together in case of a dam-related emergency at Hinckley. Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri and Harold Parmon plan to attend.
• Heard that there will be a flood control training project on May 22 at 7 a.m. when an eight-foot high aluminum wall will be set up across Mohawk Street.