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Trustees vote to allocate up to $5,000 to assess repairs needed to re-open the Clark Street bridge.

It is estimated the total costs to repair, or replace the closed Clark Street bridge is $180,000. Delta Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors will soon conduct studies on the bridge.

It is estimated the total costs to repair, or replace the closed Clark Street bridge is $180,000. Delta Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors will soon conduct studies on the bridge. Andrew Casler

— During a meeting on Sept. 22 the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees unanimously decided to authorize an in-depth inspection the Clark Street bridge.

The bridge, which crosses Chittenango Creek, was closed in the spring of ’11 due to structural degradation.

Delta Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, of Vernon, will perform the study.

Delta plans to inspect the structure to assess its condition, study alternatives for repair, perform preliminary construction cost estimates and submit a report that summarizes the work performed.

The resolution allowing this study does not authorize the village to repair the bridge with taxpayer funding, but only estimate the repairs needed for the bridge’s re-opening, at a maximum cost of $5,000.

Village Mayor Kurt Wheeler currently estimates the cost of full repair, or replacement, for the bridge at about $180,000. This estimation may change after Delta submits its study to the Village of Cazenovia.

Wheeler said he expects to sign the contract for the study early this week and then give residents a chance to discuss the process with Delta. “We hope to have a representative from Delta engineers at our October 3 [village] meeting,” Wheeler said.

The next village meeting regarding the Clark Street bridge will be held at 90 Albany St. on October 3. The village meeting is slated to begin at 7:10 p.m., or directly after a meeting about the annexation of land off of Route 20 for the construction of a Nice N Easy convenience store and gas station.

Before approving Delta’s study of the bridge Trustee Peggy Van Arnam made it clear that she is not yet ready for the village to take on full responsibility for fixing the bridge, which is currently owned by Madison County, without first hearing community support for the project.

“It seems that there is an assumption that the village is going to repair the county’s bridge, and I am not there yet,” Van Arnam said. “I think it is critical that we hear from the community, because there are a whole lot of things in this community that are very important to do and we have to be sure that it makes sense for us to take a bridge, which is not our responsibility, and spend this kind of money repairing something which is the county’s job.”

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