On The Right Path

At Monday’s City Council meeting, several new resolutions were passed, all of which saw unanimous support.

Two resolutions that were moved forward during the meeting focused on the development of the Chadakoin Riverwalk Trail, something that has scene a large amount of activity this year.

“There are two separate applications,” said councilman Tony Dolce, R-Ward 2. “It’s pretty straightforward. It’s an application to move the process along. These applications are for the section of the riverwalk on the north side of the river. Eventually that portion will connect with the south side of the river and continue on behind the train station. Further down the road, that section will actually connect with McCrea’s Point.”

In May, city officials broke ground on a new portion of the riverwalk in the rear of Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics. These grant applications, should they be accepted, will help to further fund work on the Riverwalk. The resolutions also included a local, matching share for whatever funds may be received in order to continue construction on the Riverwalk.

“These applications go in to the New York State Regional Economic Development Council,” Dolce said. “We’ll see what happens. Hopefully it comes through. They’re hoping that if the funding comes through we’ll be able to have the project started and probably completed by the time construction season is over. It would move pretty quickly.”

According to Dolce, city officials should know if the grant proposals have been accepted within one month to six weeks.

Other resolutions that were passed during the voting session included the purchase of a new pumper truck for the fire department, made possible by funding from the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters grant program; a new contract with Complus Data Innovations, the company responsible for processing parking tickets for the city; and one resolution which specifically opposes a reduction in funding for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs.

Council president Greg Rabb, D-At Large; Steve Szwejbka, I-Ward 1; and Maria Jones, D-Ward 5 were absent during the meeting. Tony Dolce was nominated as acting president for this month’s voting session.