By Michael Regan
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Common Council approved several rounds of construction projects Tuesday, most of which were focused on a vacant marina along River Road.
City Engineer Dale Marshall gave a brief presentation to the council, highlighting what the next phase of work poses for the city, which is funding the projects largely through the federally backed Federal Boater Infrastructure Grant Program as well as the Niagara River Greenway Commission, together providing roughly $1 million in funding.
Transient boat docking, utility work and a new public restroom facility all will be constructed in 2013, though dredging of the marina will likely be the first project to be completed, according to Marshall, due to federal bans on the practice between April and July.
An amendment for the project approved by the Common Council on Tuesday will open up the floodgates for work to begin, with the city serving as lead agency in accordance with the New York State Quality Review Act.
“We want to be able to get out the bids quickly and be dredging in March,” Marshall said.
Council President Rich Andres said dredging the marina will open up the property to additional boaters, complimenting the Lumberjacks Patio Bar and Grill that will launch in the clubhouse formerly occupied Niagara River Yacht Club building next year.
“We’re looking forward to doing as much as we can with the money we have,” he said. “The land improvements are moving along, there’s something really substantial going on there.”
Marshall also informed the council that a $21,000 utility project through National Grid will be paid for through the last of a $300,000 Greenway grant.
First Ward Councilman Russ Rizzo praised Marshall’s oversight on the marina project, which has been in the development stage for years.
“It’s finally coming to fruition,” he said. “I can’t wait.”
In other council news, Clerk-Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski announced both offices will close at 5 p.m. today due to the Thanksgiving holiday.Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.