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Bridge Street Reconstruction materials have been dropped off and streets marked out for excavations. Neighbors will be seeing activity started in the next few days, with a completion date for construction in mid-July. FINALLY! This project has been on the books for close to ten years. Many of the materials featured in these photos will be invisible to the eye when this wraps up, as water and sewer lines, valves, catch basins and manholes are replaced. We’ll all enjoy the new lighting, curbs, sidewalks, benches and plantings. I’ll be posting new photos as the project progresses. We’ll have to have a party this summer to celebrate (TBA!).

Pre-construction meeting: City, State, Engineers & Contractor September, 2010

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Part Two and Three may be found by clicking on the YouTube icon to take you to the other entries.

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Thank you so much to the Recorder and Reporter Jessica Maher for this web interview. Please take time to visit the Recorder’s home page each and every day at the following link: best news in town.

Oh, and by the way, I misspoke. We have between 3,000 to 4,000 new visitors to our city website each MONTH!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve felt inspired to tackle these keys. Truth is, I am engrossed by all that we are working on, so rather than editorializing, I’m running a list of projects that are in progress as I have done in the past. Again, it is not exhaustive; it is only the work of my office over the past six weeks.
It does not include all the projects each department works on independently.
I hope to break each of these points out in detail in the coming weeks, time permitting. I am very proud of the progress we’re making and continue to enjoy the daily challenges of this job.

Financial analysis/budget preparation: Municipal Solutions

Engineering/DPW departments: supervision
Water Distribution: hydrants, valves, mains, lines and laterals
– Market Street Hill: flow testing/strategy
– DeWitt and Collins Streets: $400K replacements

Bridge Street Reconstruction
Chalmers demolition
City Hall asbestos removal project
Hydrant flushing/winterization
Brookside fire: debris removal
Demolition: strategy for upcoming season
Grieme Avenue Bridge: asbestos removal
Riverlink Park Phase II: new bids
Steadwell Avenue deterioration/remedy
Hero Beechnut:
– $3M plus interest payment received!
– Broadway odor solutions

Public Safety Building:
– ADA compliance
– light fixture replacements
– smoke/CO2 alarms
Road Program: strategy
Dock Removal: Riverlink Park
DOT:
– traffic re-patterning
– RT5 reconstruction
Transportation:
– stimulus purchases/upgrades
$13M in upgrades at the Water Filtration and Waste Water Treatment Plants: nearing completion
AFSME labor management: employee issues/accountability
PESH training
Engineer search
Every week, this staff also addresses a barrage of issues and complaints due to our deteriorating systems: water leaks, sewer breaks, pot holes, collapsing hills and structures, etc. They attempt to manage this as immediately as possible. It’s an impossibly difficult job.

Policies:
– workplace violence prevention
– vehicle usage
– credit card usage
Zoning: Local Ordinance rewrite
Ethics: Local Ordinance rewrite

Promotion:
WMHT Our Town: City of Amsterdam documentary
AIDA/Economic Development
– State Data Center
– promotional materials distribution/strategies
– redevelopment strategies
Center for Economic Growth (CEG) membership
Urban Renewal Agency:
– revitalization strategies
– grants

BOA: Waterfront Heritage/North Shore revitalization

Codes Department Supervision
– technological upgrades: Red Alert system; networking/connectivity
– operational efficiency, inspections, tracking, reporting
– review permitting fees

Partnerships:
– Rivercrest: 208 Guy Park Avenue
– Amsterdam Literacy Zone Partnership/BOCES
– Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity: Executive Committee: PR Chair
– NYCOM Executive Committee: Finance Committee Chair
– Mayors of Montgomery County/MCCC
– NYSERDA seminar
– Annual Latino Upstate Summit: Centro Civico
– Crime Committee: discoveries
GASD:
– political science classes
– Roccastrada partnership

Neighborhood Association/Watch: organization

Downtown:
– RFP: grant facilitator
– Windows on Main

Beautification:
– Muralists: one mural complete, three others started
– 3,200 Flower Bulbs planted
– Markets St/Rt5 Island cleaned up

City Hall Relocation Committee

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New York State announced today that the City of Amsterdam received a $600,000 CDBG grant award to make improvements to our water distribution system. After a tragic fire last March, staff and I had drafted an action plan to address the ongoing problems of the aging system. Over the past year, we made our grant request, we’d been working on policies and procedures, and making incremental progress identifying areas of need.

Thanks to the efforts of our partners at McDonald Engineering and successful Grant Writer Nick Zabawsky, we have been awarded the maximum amount allowed in this competetive round to make important improvements to our hydrants, valves and water mains. Bravo!

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