Paving is set to begin today on Broad Street — the final step in a complete rebuilding of the roadway.
The town of Glenville and village of Scotia are splitting the nearly $200,000 cost of fixing the short street, which runs one block long from Schermerhorn to Seeley streets. Officials say the road was never properly constructed in the first place. A large crown in the road causes storm water to pond at the edges of residents’ driveways, which has caused pavement to deteriorate.
Village Mayor Kris Kastberg said the bulk of the work has been done during the past three weeks. Crews stripped the road down to its base, reconfigured its shape to remove the crown and installed a new storm water system. Paving should be completed by the end of the week, according to Kastberg.
In addition, Kastberg would like to apply for a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Pathways to Schools program to install sidewalks on both sides of the street. It is a well-used roadway, according to Kastberg.
“That street is the funnel to both [Scotia-Glenville] high school and Sacandaga Elementary School,” he said.
Because the street spans the border of Scotia and Glenville, both municipalities would have to apply for the grant. The deadline is October, according to Kastberg.
Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle said he supports the application and will work with the village and the Scotia-Glenville Central School District on the application.
In other business, the village recently installed a new aeration system at Collins Lake, which was ruined during Tropical Storm Irene last August.
Kastberg said he hopes that a new aeration system will alleviate the water clarity problems at Collins Lake, which had to be closed for the season because there was too much turbidity in the water. The flooding last year stirred up a lot of debris and sediment.
Village officials had treated the lake with a chemical called alum to help clump the particles and get them to fall to the bottom but it didn’t work well enough.
The federal government is paying for the new aeration system, which Kastberg said will use less energy and can be remotely controlled.