According to an article in the Observer Dispatch:
Plans to build a bridge and interchange along state Route 840 have hit a snag. The estimated cost of the proposed bridge that would serve a new business park and proposed school transportation center has risen by more than $2 million. The reason: National Grid power lines are in the way and would have to be moved, officials said Wednesday.According to Earle Reed, Town of New Hartford Supervisor:
“We need the bridge.”Excuse us, but who did the Town of New Hartford use to develop the initial cost estimates? Didn't they visit the site where the bridge was to be built...how can you miss Niagara Mohawk Power lines?
And how about this quote from the same article?
Lawrence Adler, the developer of the business park, said access to state Route 840 was part of the deal with The Hartford, which will open in November.A victory for the region? The fact that taxpayers are financing the building of the roads in your development, water lines for the residents of Woods Highway (and now supposedly a bridge) sounds more like a victory to you, Mr. Adler.
“A bridge would be a real victory for the region,” he said.
To her credit, RoAnn Destito certainly made a good point...it's about time someone starts thinking about the taxpayers.
According to the Observer Dispatch,
"Destito, who said her preference would be a bridge, called for public involvement in the decision-making process because of the costs involved.RoAnn, my dear, public involvement is the last thing Earle Reed and Company want to have happen. Haven't you been reading our blog. They will go to any extreme, including but not limited to illegal measures to be sure that they get what they want.
“It needs to be made in the public domain,” she said. “There have not been any discussions or public meetings.”
On the other hand, all Joe Griffo could say is,
State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, said some action is needed. “We need to be sensitive to the needs of the business park and the consolidation project,” Griffo said. “But I also recognize there could be an impediment to the traffic flow.”Senator Griffo, if you want to be in a "sensitive" mood, how about being sensitive to the taxpayers?
The article further states that,
The Hartford insurance company will become the first major tenant, shifting jobs from an existing building in the town.Well, there's some real progress, shifting jobs from an existing building that is assessed for $4.5 million (occupied) to a "new building' about a mile away where the tax revenue will not help offset school, town or county budgets for the next 15 years. And what if there is not a "taker" to purchase or lease the building that The Hartford is currently occupying? More lost tax revenue...just how low will that $4.5 million assessment go?
By the way, our sources tell us that the bridge isn't the only project in the Town of New Hartford where the costs have exceeded the initial estimates by a few million.
Stay tuned...and keep your wallets handy!