HERKIMER — The Maple Grove Avenue bridge project is finished, except for the installation of a chain link fence, engineer Anthony Carlisto, of Ward Associates, told the village board during a meeting Monday.
He expects the new fencing to be delivered soon. In the meantime, motorists again have access to the street from West German Street.
A resident pointed out the bridge project eliminated driveway access to a nearby house that was severely damaged in the June flood. Carlisto said that problem could be corrected if the home is rebuilt.
Carlisto also reported work on Brookwood Park had begun on Monday. Once that project is completed, the contractor, Jablonski Excavating, will move on to repair a sanitary sewer line on Marginal Road.
Wastewater plant project
He recommended the board hire McDonald Engineering to prepare a grant application and make recommendations on a project to bring the wastewater treatment plant into compliance with new state requirements. The village could choose between a chlorination and an ultraviolet system to treat the water that is discharged from the plant, according to Carlisto. He said McDonald Engineering would prepare the engineering report and complete and submit the application seeking state funds for the project.
“There’s only $2.5 million for the whole state,” he said.
The grant application is due Dec. 15.
While the ultraviolet system would be more expensive initially, in the long run it would save the village money, according to Scott Blais, water and sewer superintendent. “The price of chlorine will keep going up,” he said.
The chlorine would have to be stored in bulk tanks and the village would have to make sure there was a supply on hand.
“The chlorine is more labor intensive,” said Carlisto, but he added McDonald Engineering would look at both options.
The village board agreed to retain the engineering firm.
Last month, the village department of public works worked to clear several feet of debris from a box culvert in the hydraulic canal. Carlisto recommended additional work on the canal as the village seeks a long-term solution to drainage problems that have caused flooding. There is not much support under the channel wall in the section of canal between Kmart and Smith Brothers, he said, and estimated the cost of materials for the project to rectify the situation at $53,000.
Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri said village crews could do the work this winter.
Village Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Viscomi said the board will have to look at the cost and at the budget.
“Is this what’s causing the water to back up on Bellinger Street,” asked Trustee Harold Stoffolano.
Carlisto said the hydraulic canal is a factor in the street flooding because water drains into it from more than half of the village. He said he has the 1947 plans for the canal, which should help with planning.
Page 2 of 2 - “If you don’t pipe it now, you’ll be back in a few years doing it again,” he said. “I strongly recommend you do something at the hydraulic.”
“We have to. It’s got to be done,” said Stoffolano.