Flood Commission Meets

Communities that will be part of the Oriskany Creek Basin Commission met last month to hear a timetable.


Waterville Mayor Gene Ostrander said at last week’s Village Board meeting that he attended the meeting, as did representatives from Marshall, Oriskany Falls and Sangerfield, among others. About 30 communities will be part of the designated region.


The formation of a commission, which will take until next summer, will allow for more coordinated efforts to address the flooding issues along the various creeks and tributaries. It will also increase the opportunities to obtain grants and funding.


In other flooding developments, Brothertown Paving was the lowest bidder out of four contractors at $134,000 for work to be done on the creek to temporarily stabilize the banks along Sanger Avenue. While permits have been obtained, DPW Superintendent Jamie Bechy said the colder fall weather will push the project into spring.


The permits obtained are only good for 30 days once work begins, Bechy said. “Once you start the 30 days starts,’’ he said.


The Village can use some of the grant from Oneida County toward its $56,000 share.


Trustee Jim Younes said he attended the October Town of Marshall meeting to hear updates on their plans for addressing the flooding along Route 315. He said Marshall obtained a grant to work on the creek and plans to do so.


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