Grant to fund Northville walkway

$75,000 from state will pay for spillway, shore path

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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— The village of Northville has landed a $75,000 grant from the state and will use it to design a sidewalk across a spillway bridge along South Main Street and along the shoreline.

The village obtained the grant in the second round of Consolidated Funding Application awards, which the state announced in late December.

“We have been working on this project for three to four years, and then this grant became available and we got a start on it,” said Mayor James Groff.

The village wants to install a sidewalk as a safety measure for people walking along spillway between parts of the village. The spillway separates the Great Sacandaga Lake and the Northville Little Lake.

“The bridge is narrow and dangerous. There is a lot of traffic there with log trucks and tractor-trailers” rolling through, Groff said. “We hope we can include fishing piers in the plan, and this would help promote safety and attract people to live in the village,” he said.

The Village Board hopes to solicit requests for proposals for the engineering and architectural study at its January or February meeting. Groff said the village would like to build the sidewalk in 2014.

The project’s estimated cost is $900,000, which includes the installation of a sidewalk along the lake’s shoreline. Groff said the village has saved about $150,000 for the project and would seek funding for the remainder.

The state grant comes with a $75,000 match. Groff said the village could contribute in-kind services or money as a match. “We are prepared for that,” he said.

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