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The Canajoharie Village soon needs to reinforce this 50-foot section of Canajoharie Creek wall along Mill. St.

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A section of the Canajoharie Creek bank owned by Raoul Quiorz collapsed about two months ago.

Joshua Thomas
A section of the Canajoharie Creek bank owned by Raoul Quiorz collapsed about two months ago.


Village aims to fix collapsing creek wall

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Updated: 1:08 AM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- A fifty foot section of the Canajoharie Creek wall along Mill St., directly at the bottom of Hill St., "is in danger of collapsing and needs immediate attention," according to Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, who discussed the issue with the Village Board during a special meeting last Thursday evening.

Numerous people have surveyed the wall and four businesses have put in bids, ranging from $73,175 to over $150,000. One proposal, for $89,000, included the removal of the existing wall, which would be replaced. DPW Superintendent Jeff Swartz said this method could prove problematic, as Mill St. runs directly over the wall. In that proposal, the village would also be responsible for anything above and beyond the initially stated scope.

"There's a lot of potential for things to go wrong there," said Swartz of that proposal.

Two estimates, of $73,175 and $78,000, involved the stabilization of the wall, which would include the placement of forms along the creek bed against the existing wall and pouring concrete about 12 to 13 feet high. The wall would be anchored along the ledge rock in the bottom of the creek, and back into the existing wall for a distance of 50 feet.

At each edge of the crumbling wall are existing concrete reinforcements, which were both poured between 40 and 50 years ago. This new concrete form would connect those two.

The companies providing estimates have been informed that the project must take place soon, with each noting that the creek has to be low at the time the work takes place.

"How do we pay for it?" asked Avery of the project, stating, "a no-interest loan would be nice if it could be done." He said the village board is also looking for ideas for creative financing. He asked, "Do we bond? Do we take some money out of savings if we can find it somewhere?" He also suggested that the financial solution could be a mix of funding sources.

Deputy Mayor Ronald Dievendorf said, "The mayor and I have had overtures to the county to get in the New York rising monies that are coming to the county," in the amount of 3 million dollars. "We could use some of that for stabilizing the wall," he commented, explaining that he's been in contact with County Executive Matthew Ossenfort's office regarding possible funding sources.

The creek bank across the street, in front of the cannery owned by Raoul Quiorz, collapsed about two months ago, leaving a pile of heavy stones in the creek bed, the road left crumbled and buckled at the top, wooden guardrails dangling mid-air from metal wires.

The village board decided to review the newly received estimates, also further thinking about where to acquire funding, with the goal of making a decision during the board's regular monthly meeting, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

Avery said that the board must pay "prevailing wage", when choosing which company will work on the project.


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