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NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda Common Council approved a contract Tuesday for $255,369 with Pinto Construction in Buffalo for Phase II of the Gratwick Riverside Park Marina Facilities Improvements, which will convert the existing garage at the marina into handicapped-accessible restrooms and complete the transient docking at the marina.

Phase II had to be redesigned and rebid after the city previously received only one bid, which was over $400,000 and well over the budget for the project. In the new bid Pinto Construction was the lowest of eight bidders.

City Engineer Dale W. Marshall said prior to the meeting that the Council had previously wanted to include individual perpendicular docks at the new marina, but that raised the cost by $100,000. The new plan will install side-tied docking, which Marshall said they could look at updating in the future.

“I think we got a pretty good price from Pinto, who also worked on the other phase,” Marshall told the board.

The $1.78 million project is funded by a federal Boater Infrastructure Grant, as well as $300,000 in Niagara River Greenway funds, which is matched by the city.

The first phase of the project restored the former Niagara River Yacht Club into a seasonal restaurant called LumberJack’s Patio Grill, which opened this summer, and restored sheet metal along the banks of the river, put in new docks, new lighting, landscaping and walkways.

Dredging in the marina, which was also part of Phase I, had been planned for July but was delayed as the city sought a site to dump the materials. Marshall said a permit was received Friday to dump the dredged material at a compost site in Lackawanna.

In another matter, the Council approved a request from the Department of Public Works to purchase a $49,712 skid steer with trailer and grout pump from Monroe Tractor in Buffalo.

Superintendent of Public Works Bradley A. Rowles said the purchase can save both money and time for city crews doing sidewalk work on the 100 miles of sidewalks in the city.

He told the Council, “This is another phase of what we want to do in the city. Sometimes sidewalks don’t really need to be replaced, they just need to be repositioned. This is fairly new technology, and we are excited about it.”

After the meeting, he noted that the city’s aging trees are creating problems faster than his crews can repair them.

“The last thing you want to do is take a good piece of concrete out and put another in. Some of the older concrete may be better. If the concrete is good and is just a trip hazard, we can raise them up and maybe reposition three or four slabs. It’s very green because you are not pulling stuff out,” Rowles said. He said it also saves on landscaping costs.

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