NORTH TONAWANDA – The Niagara River Yacht Club is seeking $197,200 in Niagara River Greenway funds to improve the shoreline on the Yacht Club’s property at 346 River Road, and received approval and sponsorship from the North Tonawanda City Council on Tuesday to move forward in the grant process.
The project focuses on stabilizing 300 feet of shoreline and would remove the existing invasive vegetation. In addition, the project would provide a 15-foot-by-40-foot public rest area and overlook for bikers and walkers, as well as picnic tables and benches.
Niagara River Yacht Club member John M. Preisler, who wrote the grant proposal, told the Council Tuesday that the area is currently full of weeds and a lot of debris, as well as invasive species, such as poison ivy.
“It’s nasty,” said Preisler of the site. “This is basically a restoration project to the whole waterfront.”
The site where the club was located at 1010 River Road was taken over by the City of North Tonawanda as a marina and restaurant and is being restored through a combination of $1.78 million in state grant funds, Niagara River Greenway funds and city and private funding. The Niagara River Yacht Club moved to its current site five years ago.
The Yacht Club still needs approval from the Niagara County Ad Hoc Committee on Recreation and Tourism before it can submit the plan to the Niagara River Greenway Commission for consideration.
In another matter, the board unanimously approved a plan to offer a retirement incentive to employees age 65 or older who have at least 25 years of service with the City of North Tonawanda. All employees, both CSEA and AFSCME, as well as noncontractual full-time employees who are eligible to retire from the New York State Retirement System are eligible.
The incentive gives an employee who retires a total of $15,000 in three installments of $5,000 over the next three years or a one-time payment of $12,000 in January 2014. Employees who chose this plan will work their last day on Nov. 15.
Mayor Robert G. Ortt said this was the third year the city has offered the incentive as a way to cut the workforce through attrition.
The board also accepted the recommendation of the Traffic Safety Committee, which included a plan to place “No Parking” signs when school is in session – Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. – along the curbed, north side of Ridge Road in front of 6 Ridge Road, an area which is used by many vehicles and children to enter and exit North Tonawanda High School and Meadow School.