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Update on Colden creek bed restoration

COLDEN — Colden Board Member Gerald Pietraszek updated those in attendance about local creek bed restoration efforts, during the town of Colden Board meeting, held March 14.

After studying the creek beds in Colden for the past year, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to take the creek bed restoration project to the next level. This endeavor will now enter what the Army Corps of Engineers called a feasibility study.

The amount of federal interest in the erosion of Colden’s creek beds will be calculated and the costs of completing the project will be weighed against the costs of the damage from not doing it that could consequently take place.

Pietraszek explained that the Army Corps of Engineers had alternative solutions available, varying in cost-effectiveness and efficiency. One option presented was to use a combination of water-thriving plants, which would help hold the creek bed where it is, with their root systems and Riprap, which would be used to provide stability. Another possibility would be to use other ground covers.

The project would be covered by the federal government, up to $100,000. Additional monies would be shared by the town of Colden.

Beyond paying for the project, Colden may contribute labor and materials, to reduce costs overall.

The studies from the past year already added up to approximately $70,000, so board members said that it likely that, if the feasibility study proves that something should be done to preserve the creek bed, implementation costs will bring the bill higher than the amount of what would be covered by the federal government.

In other board news:
– Residents who have sidewalks in front of their homes were advised to familiarize themselves with their liabilities.

– A new light post was installed in front of 8825 State Road. Three street lights went out, this month.

– The hydrofracking committee reported that there was a large turnout for its presentation about land use.

– A copy of Colden’s code book will be available online, in the near future. The service, which cost the town $1,195, will allow residents to view the newly-adapted codes, before they are printed.

A public forum to address the hydraulic fracturing moratorium will be held, during the next town board meeting on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the town hall.

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