A proposed $40,000 set of windows for the Congress Park carousel would keep the century-old painted ponies safer and preserve them for future youngsters, even though they likely would look the same to parents waving to their children as they ride around and around.
Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco wants to replace the sliding-glass windows because their faulty tracks make them difficult to open and close. Carousel workers open them daily when the ride is in use to allow air to flow through the carousel and give parents a clear view of their young equestrians.
“The frames are really weak,” Scirocco said. “They weren’t the best windows when they put them in there.”
The City Council will hold a public hearing on the window project before its next meeting, at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 20, officials announced at their meeting Tuesday. The council also may vote on amending the 2013 capital budget that night, Scirocco said.
The city already has the money to pay for the windows and will tap a $600,000 city building reserve fund to do so, Scirocco said. That money is raised through a combination of carousel revenue, chair rental income from the Canfield Casino and the funds from leasing a city property on Weibel Avenue to National Grid.
Workers from Allerdice Glass and Mirror, which previously was awarded the $40,000 contract, would undertake the project in October after the carousel closes; it would take about a week, he said.
Allerdice determined last fall that it couldn’t simply replace the tracks and keep the existing windows, even though the double-paned glass is OK.
The new glass would block ultraviolet light, which would protect the horses’ paint jobs, Scirocco said.
On Tuesday, the City Council also voted to apply for three grants for city projects.
One is a grant of up to $200,000 to hire a consultant to help the city revise its Comprehensive Plan. It would require a $50,000 local match, officials said.
The city will apply for two grants that could help it build the Geyser Road Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail from the Milton town line to Saratoga Spa State Park. One of the grants could give the city up to $200,000 from the state; in the other application, the city will ask for the entire $1.7 million cost of the project.
Both would require a 20 percent local match from the city.
The City Council also approved signing a $150,000 contract Tuesday with Greenman Pedersen for engineering services to design the trail.
The trail would be constructed off of the road from the Milton line to Cady Hill and then would be built on sidewalks from there to the state park. The trail would connect neighborhoods on the city’s far west side to the city’s inner district.
The council also voted to revise its employee disciplinary policy to clarify that workers can be disciplined for misconduct as well as for not performing their job duties.
Offenses that were added as warranting discipline include a pattern of lateness, absenteeism or sick leave misuse; work errors; insubordination; workplace theft; workplace threats or acts of violence; or substance abuse at work.