Westfield Board Approves Dredging Payment

WESTFIELD – The dredging project in the town of Westfield in Barcelona Harbor is one step closer to completion. The Westfield Town Board held a special meeting Wednesday to authorize payment for the dredging.

The town is required to pay $259,640 for their portion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Army Corps’ portion is coming from repair funds from Superstorm Sandy. The area to be dredged includes around the boat launch and pier. According to estimates by the Army Corps, the majority of the harbor will be dredged.

“What they estimated was 42,000 cubic yards in our area. (The funding) is enough to do 38,000 (cubic yards). It’s pretty close,” Town Supervisor Martha Bills said.

The dredging will be done by Dean Marine Excavating out of Michigan. The contractor would like to start on June 16, but Bills explained the start date may be delayed by a few days. The equipment will be brought in from Michigan by water and once it gets to Barcelona, a third-party inspection will be completed. Barcelona is the first dredging spot in addition to Dunkirk and Hanover. The town board approved unanimously to pay $259,640.

To complete the dredging project, the town received $100,000 from New York state, as announced last week by Sen. Catharine Young, and Chautauqua County will also contribute $70,000. The town also approved bills to sign the necessary documents for the reimbursement from the state and the county in the amount of $170,000.

“I’m really excited it’s really coming up,” Bills said.

Following the special meeting, the board also opened bids for water lines within Barcelona. The town has received a $335,000 loan and an United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant for $750,000. Three bids were opened and all exceeded the funding amount of $1,085,000. The bids came in at $1,249,598 for Mar-Wal Construction Co., $1,272,155 for New Frontier Excavating and Paving and $1,804,217 for S. St. George Enterprises, Inc. Gary Muffoletto from Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc., said these amount totals are unofficial and will be checked by Muffoletto to ensure mathematical accuracy. The town board will host its regular board meeting on June 4 and will discuss the bids further.