In regards to the Southshore East Trail, the village has purchased several properties to provide public access along the river including a five-acre property costing $40,000 from NYS Barge Canal and a $65,000 Meadow Street property through a private sale.
“This will help us to run the trail along the river,” said Mayor Joseph Saraceni.
Other than the purchases, SSET is not overly complicated, Baker said.
“We’ll be putting in a bridge to cross Crooked Brook,” Baker said, which will also connect Community Park to the village. Incidentally, the pedestrian bridge came from Ogdensburg where Baker served as village engineer prior to moving to Baldwinsville. “It’s a used bridge . . . where it was used was filled in, so it’s unnecessary now.”
Overall, the trail has been a long time in the making as village officials worked to meet requirements from various entities including the NYS Barge Canals, NYS DEC and the Army CORPs engineers.
“This is the village following through with its commitment to public access to the Seneca River,” Saraceni said.
Funding for projects
It has been a long-term investment for the village with the cost for Village Square totaling near $500,000 alone. Officials estimate the out of pocket cost to be $466,418 and funding has come from a variety of sources including leftover Pepsi fund money ($187,000) from Paper Mill Island construction; a Community Development grant ($90,000), of which the village had to match 25 percent; village parks department money ($60,000), received from developers as in lieu of parks payments; and Highway Fund money (approximately $65,000). Officials also budget ed$50,000 total in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 village budgets, which came from taxpayers.
The Southshore East Trail received $350,000 in funding through a TEA-21 grant (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century). Some of the grant money will be used to pay down a previously secured $344,000, five-year Statutory Installment Bond, which helped pay for various projects in the Waterfront Revitalization Plan including the relocation of the village’s salt storage, engineering costs on Lock Street and the purchase of canal properties along the southern shore of the Seneca River. The sale of the village’s Lock Street property (the former village DPW) will also help pay down the bond.