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Fultonville eyes law to preserve new curbs

December 30, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FULTONVILLE - The village may alter a law that would make it illegal for drivers to drive over curbs as well as sidewalks, according to village officials.

Mayor Robert Headwell said the proposal came up after new asphalt curbs were installed on portions of Montgomery and Washington streets, after work was done on drainage to the area. These new curbs could be altered or damaged if someone were to drive over them on a hot day. Thus, the village is seeking to change the law to prevent the risk of damage to the curbs.

Headwell said this would merely be amending the current law, and it would go into effect as soon as the law is accepted by the state.

More curbings would be installed once repairs to other sections of the town's drains are complete.

A public hearing on the matter was held on Dec. 17, and action will be made at a later date, according to Headwell.

The older curbs, made from slate, had taken quite a beating, according to Headwell, and need to be replaced.

The future drain repairs are another project that the village will undertake.

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

People would 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 would be established on the site.

Headwell said the dock would 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 would cost around $300,000. It would be partly grant-funded.

At the proposed site sits a siphon house, which 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, parking for eight cars could be provided at the dock site.

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

Arthur Cleveland covers Montgomery County news. He can be reached by email at



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