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County working to upgrade electric for docks at Marine Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 October 2016 at 4:11 pm
File photo by Tom Rivers: The county is also planning to add shore power for the Marine Park on the Oak Orchard River.

File photo by Tom Rivers: The county is also planning to add shore power for the Marine Park on the Oak Orchard River.

ALBION – Last year the docks were redone with a new composite deck surface. This year a new playground opened at the Orleans County Marine Park on Route 98 in Carlton.

The upgrades aren’t done. The county is looking to upgrade shore power for boaters at the park.

The County legislature last week authorized spending $22,820 to Labella Associates in Rochester to study ways to upgrade electricity for the docks, and also to prepare bid documents for contractors interested in the project.

The county may also look to have cable television available for boaters if it’s not cost prohibitive, said Jim Bensley, the county’s Planning Department director and manager of the Marine Park.

The park has 72 boating slips and has been at near capacity this season, Bensley said. The park opens on April 15 and closes Oct. 30.

Bensley said the electricity could be upgraded this year after Oct. 30. If cold and snowy weather comes in November, the work could be completed next spring before April 15.

The state has provided a $81,500 grant towards the Marine Park upgrades, which have been estimated at $166,000. That includes the playground, new decking, electricity, and WiFi improvements.

The Legislature approved other expenses last week, including:

• $48,350 to Mader Construction of Elma to refinish and repair the Public Safety Building’s exterior stucco.

• $13,500 to CID LLC of Rochester to paint the stairs at the Fire Training Tower at the Emergency Management Office on West County House Road.

• $28,750 to Grove Roofing Services of Buffalo for a new asphalt roof on the second floor of the Public Safety Building.

• $26,250 to purchase six mobile data terminals from Island Tech Services in Ronkonkoma, NY, with the terminals to be used by the Sheriff’s Department. The mobile data terminals are being paid for by a state grant.

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