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Officials eye dock to lure boaters

Fultonville project planned for 2013

August 28, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FULTONVILLE - The village is planning to build a dock along the Mohawk River to launch more economic activity.

Mayor Robert Headwell Jr. said the project began two years ago after the village received a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund in 2008. The grant, a total of $266,000, was specified toward waterfront revitalization.

In an agreement with the towns of Glen and Mohawk and the village of Fonda to try to revitalize the river banks of the Mohawk, the village plans to construct 50 feet of dock space on the river near County Highway 119.

People will be able to fish off the dock, while allowing boaters on the Mohawk River to stop and visit some of the stores and restaurants in Fultonville.

A boat launch and an information booth also will be established on the site.

Headwell said the dock will provide an economic boost to the village.

"We don't have a lot here," Headwell said.

Ron Laberge - vice president for the Laberge Group, the firm behind the design for the dock - said the project should cost around $300,000. After the grant is used, the village will fund the remaining amount.

At the proposed site sits a siphon house, which area sewer lines pass through. If left as is, the site would accommodate about four of five cars. Laberge said if the siphon house were removed, eight cars could use the parking lot for the dock.

Right now, the village is finalizing its plans for the dock. Headwell said the dock would be installed in spring 2013.

He also said the dock would need to be brought in every fall to prevent damage.

The process has been slow, due to many state agencies needing to approve the project, Headwell said.

Laberge said this is the first of many possible projects for the Fultonville side of the Mohawk river.

The village of Fonda also has discussed plans to revitalize its local waterfront.

Ideas proposed included having a boat launch, docks with handicapped access and "sites of opportunity" to be used for whatever local officials want to build, such as a playground, a water spray park, an entertainment and picnic pavillion, walkways, storage, concession stands and restrooms.



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