Harrietstown to borrow $330k for retaining wall

SARANAC LAKE – The town of Harrietstown has agreed to borrow money to fix a retaining wall behind its town hall that was damaged in the spring 2011 flood.

The town board voted unanimously Thursday have Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua sign the necessary paperwork to issue up to $330,000 in serial bonds for the project.

“Let’s get it done,” said Councilman Barry DeFuria. “Now we can go out to bid.”

It’s been nearly two-and-a-half years since the Saranac River, fueled by a combination of heavy rains and snowmelt, climbed over its banks behind the town hall, flooded the adjacent River Walk and eroded portions of the existing stone and concrete retaining wall. Town officials have said the replacement project has lagged in part due to permitting requirements from multiple state and federal agencies.

The $330,000 will be used to pay for construction of a 130-foot, segmental, pre-cast replacement retaining wall on the town hall side of the Saranac River, along with other necessary site improvements, environmental studies, legal and engineering fees, according to the bond resolution approved by the board.

Town officials have said they hope the project can begin during the current construction season and be done before winter.