BROADALBIN - As the 12-year endeavor to build a town park gradually moves forward, Broadalbin officials have hired an archaeologist to survey the site.
Town Supervisor Joe DiGiacomo said town officials tried to fight the state's requirement that they hire an archaeologist to study the property at Route 29 and Honeywell Corners Road, which the town purchased in 2009.
The archaeology study will cost the Broadalbin Youth Commission, which is funding this project, $5,500.
"We tried to fight it, but the state is requiring us to do this," DiGiacomo said. "The only reason I can think of is possible Kennyetto artifacts. Hopefully they don't [find anything], because if they do, it's going to require more money."
Lou Magliocca, director of the Youth Commission, explained those involved in the project weren't aware they would need to have the land surveyed until they hired an engineer, who explained it to them, so this is money they weren't expecting to need.
But the Youth Commission has $75,000 to $80,000 in reserve for the project, Magliocca said.
The Youth Commission is expected to make payments on the $1.5 million project at $22,000 a year for 30 years. If the commission ever is unable to make a payment, the town would take the money from the $23,500 the town annually contributes to the Youth Commission.
And despite the state requirement, DiGiacomo and Town Councilman James Wheeler don't expect anything to be found on the land, which had been used for farming for years.
"I don't know what happens if they find an Indian head," Wheeler said. "[But] I would think if there was anything there, then it would have already been found by farmers."
Magliocca was surprised that the town was forced to hire an archaeologist, because of the support he said the project has been getting from the local community and state officials including Assemblyman Marc Butler and State Sen. Hugh Farley.
"I'm happy that it's moving forward, but it's moving at a snail's pace," Magliocca said. "But we're doing it right, and we'll make sure the park addresses all the needs of the town and the community.
"It's going to be used to address the needs of our Youth Commission members involved in sports. It will really give us a home. We don't really have a home. We use two fields in Broadalbin, on First Ave., that we keep in good condition, and we use two fields in Perth."
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