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Elmira contractor will do Watkins portion of trail

WATKINS GLEN—Edger Enterprises, an Elmira Heights general contractor, will build the extension of the Catharine Valley Trail in Watkins Glen.
The village board Monday awarded Edger a $103,500 contract to extend the recreational trail from Fairgrounds Lane, near Watkins Glen High School, to Seneca Harbor Park.  Mayor Judith Phillips said the village received nearly a dozen bids on the project, which she expects to be completed by Memorial Day.
The extension will make it possible for trail users to travel from Seneca Harbor Park to Mark Twain State Park in Horseheads.
“I’m very happy with the contractor recommended,” said Mark Specchio, public works superintendent.
The village received a $280,000 grant in 2006 to finance the trail extension. Phillips said money left over after engineering and construction costs will be put into trail enhancements, such as benches and landscaping.
Edger Enterprises has been the general contractor on such projects as Sam’s Club and Old Navy in Big Flats and on improvements to the Watkins Glen International Race Track.
It has also done work on facilities in the Elmira, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts.  The trail extension will go from Fairgrounds Lane to the intersection of 12th and Decatur streets, then follow Decatur Street to Seneca Harbor Park. The village recently restricted parking to the west side of Decatur Street.
In other actions, village officials Monday took another step toward adoption of a proposed Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The board issued a conditional negative declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.
That allows the village to impose specific conditions to minimize any potential negative environmental impact of the plan. It also triggers a 30-day public comment period before a local law to adopt the waterfront plan can be introduced.  After the law is introduced, it will be subject to a public hearing.
The revitalization plan establishes legally enforceable standards for development in the 450-acre waterfront district.
The next regular village board meeting will be Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

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