Schenectady County

New dock on Mohawk River coming together

It’s a little more complicated than building with Legos, but Scotia’s new dock is going in piece by

It’s a little more complicated than building with Legos, but Scotia’s new dock is going in piece by piece.

Workers from the Dock Doctors of Ferrisburg, Vt., on Tuesday began bringing materials to the site off Schonowee Avenue near Freedom Park. On Wednesday, they used a giant lift to hoist the 12 dock components and gangway.

“We’ll probably be into Friday before we have everything pinned together and complete,” said Dan Provost, service manager for the company. “We built it at our facility. It’s all sectional so we can truck it here.”

The dock is made out of galvanized steel with a pressure-treated wood surface. Having the dock in sections will allow village officials to remove it during cold weather, Provost said.

Mayor Kris Kastberg said he is very happy with the dock being installed this week. The dock will contain slips for eight boats. Four of them will have hookups for power and water and the others will have the ability to add the services in the future, if demand warrants.

The 70-foot-long dock is the centerpiece of the village’s two-year, $1.6 million waterfront beautification project, which was funded by a $900,000 grant from the state Emergency Management Office and a $760,000 grant from the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Phase one stabilized about a half-mile of shoreline along Schonowee Avenue between Jumpin’ Jacks restaurant and Washington Road, near the former wastewater treatment plant. Years of erosion had eaten away at the shore. There were also new walkways installed along the river.

Freedom Park also got a makeover, with new seating, landscaping and sprin-

klers, a sound system and handicap-accessible ramps.

Kastberg said one last project he believes the village will still have funds for is demolition of the old sewage treatment plant. He will wait to receive all the reimbursements for work done so far before moving ahead, however.

“We want to make sure that everything that we do falls within the parameters of the grant. It looks like that’s going to be the case. I’m just being conservative,” he said.

He would like to demolish the old plant by October. Then, the plan is to beautify the area with some type of monument. Kastberg said Pat Popolizio, owner of the Water’s Edge Lighthouse Restaurant, has a couple of beams from the World Trade Center that was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2011. The plan is to craft those into a monument this fall at the site of the old plant. Popolizio has a similar monument at his property.

The village, Glenville and Schenectady County are also working on a joint project to pave a 1.2.-mile bike path from Schonowee Avenue to Freemans Bridge Road.

“We’ll have a continuous path from our monument to his,” Kastberg said.

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