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Council authorizes request for proposals

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing a request for proposals seeking a planning consultant to prepare a Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study.

The city received a $225,000 BOA Nomination Study grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Restoration Program in December as part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.

The BOA Nomination Study grant will be used to inventory and identify sites for assessment, assess sites for hazardous substances, complete cleanup and reuse plans and conduct community outreach activities. The area of the study will cover approximately 197 acres along the Cayadutta Creek Corridor across two identified areas covering broad swaths of the city.

The first area extends along South Main Street to include the entire Burr Street area, reaching south to include the former Continental Mills site on Beaver Street and the old Independent Leather Manufacturing Corporation site on South Main Street.

The second area extends to the north on South Main Street, beginning at West Pine Street to include several former glove factories on South Main Street including the former site of Zimmer & Son Gloves, extending up to the Cayadutta Creek to encompass Lincoln Street and the former Decca Records plant on Lincoln Street and ending at North Street.

Grant funds can be used to develop long-term plans for the areas surrounding identified Brownfield sites, including the preparation of site assessments, revitalization plans and implementation strategies. Completed plans must be submitted to the state for approval, which once secured, can open additional grant funding opportunities for projects and allows a 6 percent income tax credit to be applied to projects in the BOA.

The resolution approved by the Common Council on Tuesday authorized the city to issue an RFP seeking a planning consultant to prepare the grant funded BOA Nomination Study. The deadline for responses will be March 11 at 4 p.m.

In related news, Mayor Vincent DeSantis reported that requirements of a $345,000 grant awarded to the city in December through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation covering 75 percent of the cost of constructing a splash pad at Trail Station Park will likely delay plans to install the recreational water feature by July 4.

“There are several hoops to jump through with the grant,” said DeSantis.

The Common Council awarded a $6,500 bid for preliminary design services to CHA Consulting in December 2018 to determine the estimated cost of installing a splash pad at Trail Station Park prior to submitting a Consolidated Funding Application seeking grant funding.

The design calls for construction of a 4,050 square foot splash pad featuring a nonskid, sloped floor with jets of varying sizes to spray water out of the ground and other related improvements at the park including the installation of public restrooms.

The water feature would be located behind the circular pavilion and next to the rectangular pavilion at Trail Station Park in an area of about 7,200 square feet. The city plans to cover a required 25 percent matching portion of the grant through in-kind services performed by the Department of Public Works involving landscaping and the installation of additional public amenities at the park such as grills or picnic tables.

The city initially eyed July 4 for the opening of the splash pad, but DeSantis reported Tuesday on the unlikelihood that the city can meet the state’s requirements to utilize the grant funding and complete construction of the spray park before then.

“We are trying to push that forward as fast as possible,” said DeSantis. “It would be very difficult if not impossible to have the spray park done by July 4.”

DeSantis will report back to the council with an updated timeline for the construction and opening of the splash pad.

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