At a special meeting last week, the Common Council approved a resolution authorizing the borrowing of $4.1 million for various capital projects in the city. Today, the city’s engineer, Rich Miller, released further details on some of the larger projects.
According to Miller, $525,000 being borrowed to start work on a $1.2 million project to rebuild the Dove Creek retaining wall will be reimbursed by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant which was awarded to the city last year. The project will replace retaining walls along a stretch of the creek beginning at the intersection of West Main Street and Steadwell Avenue and extending north through the edge of St. Mary’s Hospital’s parking lot and ending just north of the Steadwell Avenue. The overflow of Dove Creek during Hurricane Irene contributed to the flooding in the city’s west end in 2011.
$475,000 being borrowed for work on the water treatment plant will be used for the replacement of the filter beds in the plant and other various repairs to the main pumping station.
$565,000 being borrowed for new vehicles and equipment will go toward a new garbage truck, a dual axle vacuum excavation truck, an air compressor, and other tools.
According to Miller, the city will need further work done to the sewer system in order to fully comply with a standing New York Department of Environmental Conservation order to reduce the amount of sewage released into the Mohawk River from overflows. The city will borrow $140,000 for further design and planning costs.
You can read a full listing of the capital projects being borrowed for here.