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The Telegram
  • Mohawk seeks bids on warehouse site

  • The village of Mohawk will advertise for sealed bids on the former Mohawk Valley Warehouse property.

    During a meeting Monday, the board decided to seek bids on the property at 9 Canal St., also known as the former Duofold site. Bids are due by June 10.

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  • The village of Mohawk will advertise for sealed bids on the former Mohawk Valley Warehouse property.
    During a meeting Monday, the board decided to seek bids on the property at 9 Canal St., also known as the former Duofold site. Bids are due by June 10.
    The state Department of Environmental Conservation has given the village the OK to move forward with redeveloping the property, which has been vacant since the building was destroyed by fire in June 2000.
    According to a DEC fact sheet, the property was originally developed around 1869 when a manufactured gas plant began and was later improved with a large, brick manufacturing building in 1906 by Duofold, Inc. and was used for clothing production from 1906 to 1985. It was then used as a warehouse. The village acquired the vacant property in the spring of 2006 and began an environmental study at the property in November 2006 with help from the DEC’s Environmental Restoration Program.
    In other business, board members reported several complaints about properties in the village that will be referred to Codes Officer David Kuehnle. Trustee Carmen Tubia said the roof is collapsing on one house and shingles are coming off the roof and landing in the neighbor’s yard. In another case, garbage has been piled in back of a house and there are complaints about the odor. It was noted stores were notified after a complaint was made shopping carts had been abandoned around the village and most have been picked up and returned.
    The village may be looking for a new codes officer. Kuehnle has been offered a full-time job outside the village, but Mayor Jim Baron said he has promised to continue working until the village has someone in place.
    Department of Public Works Superintendent Kevin Wheelock reported Cary Avenue and Catherine Street will be paved this year. Crews will also complete the sealing work on Newton and East and West Center streets.
    Wheelock said he has received information on Transportation Enhancement Program funding, but someone from the village would be required to attend a class before the village could apply for the funds. The funds could not be used for any projects the village already receives funding for, such as street paving which receives funding from the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program. It could be used for a project such as a bicycle trail around the park, however, he said. The required classes will be offered in Syracuse.
    A question was raised as to whether Jeremy Silverman, of Grant and Essential Management Services, could receive the training and apply for the grant on behalf of the village. Village officials did not know if this would be permissible and no action was taken.
    The board also gave Wheelock permission to advertise for bids on the village’s old chipper.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wheelock asked that any village commissions submit requests to the street department in writing. Baron asked Village Clerk Judy Bray to send a memo to the commissions relaying this request.
    The board also approved finalizing the documents for a municipal lease agreement to purchase a plow truck for the village. The village will own the truck after seven years under this finance plan.
    Police Chief Joseph Malone reported that on May 22, the flood wall will be tested in Herkimer. The Department of Transportation will set up a detour and vehicles will not be permitted to enter Herkimer via Mohawk Street during the test, which will begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to take about six hours. Traffic will have to enter the village on Route 5 from Ilion or on the Washington Street Bridge from Route 5S.
    He asked what the plans for school crossing guards are for the next school year.
    Baron said the scheduled would be continued as is until the village hears otherwise.
    Fire Chief Dan Mabbett reported 10 Mohawk firefighters attended pipeline safety training in New Hartford and one person is currently taking the Firefighter 1 training course.
    “Training is up as of this month,” he said.
    The department received a mutual aid service award from the Frankfort Fire Department, Mabbett reported.
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