Village of Malone administrators hear update on removal of 14 Harison Place | St. Lawrence County
MALONE — Village administrators recapped the recent move from 14 Harison Place at a meeting on Monday night.
Code Enforcement Officer Brian Lamondie said that in addition to the removal of the building, the nearby street, bearing the same name and providing access to Main Street West, has been reopened.
“We spent a lot of time at work at Harison Place and the road is open again,” Lamondie said. “Everything is complete there in terms of contractual obligations, except for Atlas Fence, and they have about 10 feet of fencing to put up.”
Lamondie said a temporary fence is in place to keep people off the hill, and he’s awaiting word from the business on when a chain-link fence will be installed.
Mayor Andrea Dumas thanked Lamondie for his work removing the building.
“Brian, thank you so much for all the work you did to help us tear down this building,” Dumas said. “Brian was almost like our GC (General Contractor) on site. He arranged for trucks to be sent over there with Steve (Fredette), he organized the installation of the fence and helped Rebahka (Scaccia) get all the quotes we needed. They spent a lot of time making this project.
Administrator Norman Bonner said the village had been looking to remove the building for years.
“It’s something we’ve wanted since we realized we had it,” Bonner said.
Dumas echoed Bonner’s comments and said it was nice to see a long-standing issue resolved.
“We’ve been concerned about this building for years, following the fall of the wall, we worked on a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) project next door,” Dumas said. “You were a key part of helping the village tear down this building, and we appreciate your time and effort.”
Lamondie said the road is stable after the building was removed and said a silt fence should be installed in the spring to prevent runoff from flowing down the hill and into the Salmon River.
As for the traffic light at the junction of St. and Route 11, Lamondie said the lights are still on timers and new streetlights will be installed this spring.
“This light will need to stay on a timer until they install the new pole. When they install the new pole, they will put vehicle sensors on the pole itself,” Lamondie said.
Dumas said the village has received calls about the impact of the light on traffic.
“We get a lot of calls and complaints about the time spent at the fire,” Dumas said.
Lamondie said the timer is designed to move traffic on Main Street, adding that a team from the state Department of Transportation worked to reopen the street to traffic and run the light on its timer, after the removal of 14 Harison Place.
“I believe it was for 56 seconds on Main Street, then it goes to Harison Place for 16 or 17 seconds, then it goes back to Main Street,” Lamondie said. “They’re just trying to run it as best they can to keep the traffic flowing until they’ve finished their project with the new pole and the new sensors.”
The original estimate to remove 14 Harison Place from Environmental Contracting and Construction Services LLC, the company working on the nearby Gorman Building site, totals $115,800, according to Lamondie.
Lamondie said the air monitoring, performed by Paradigm Environmental LLC, cost $6,932.
The quote for the fence, from Atlas Fence Inc., was $5,635, according to Lamondie.