Village moves forward with projects

BROADALBIN — Even though the COVID-19 virus outbreak has led to state and local government officials closing just about everything, some projects are continuing to be underway.

During a virtual meeting on Tuesday , the Broadalbin Village Board of Trustees reviewed the progress of some of the projects that have been in the works including the LED street lighting project and the water tower replacement project.

Mayor Lawrence Cornell said the short-term funding with the EFC closed on April 9. And recently the KB Group Prime Engineering started work they need to get done.

“Ground testing needs to get done as part of that engineering, so the new foundations for the tower can be erected properly during the project,” Cornell said.

Trustee Steve Jennings gave the update on the LED street lighting project.

Jennings said the New York Power Authority is going to be re-starting work on the street lighting doing what they can while maintaining the social distancing guidelines.

However prior to the pandemic, National Grid reached out informing the village that there would be changes in the costs to buy out, but have not returned any phone calls since then.

“We’re still interested in moving forward, but we need to know from National Grid what the changes are,” Jennings said.

In other news, Cornell said there are two new businesses looking to open an antique shop, along with the Village Market, which planned to open Friday. He said the same individuals who owned Deli Master are the owners of the Village Market.

“Hopefully, the public supports it,” Cornell said.

By Patricia Older

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