Posts Tagged With: flood damage

Riverlink Park Needs Help!


As temperatures soar into the 70’s this week, Amsterdamians are taking to the streets in droves to enjoy the weather. The sound of basketballs hitting the pavement can be heard as kids abandon their electronic games and rediscover the outdoors. In tune with this movement I decided to revisit Riverlink Park, the gem of Amsterdam that occupied my Saturday nights last summer during the Riverlink Park Concert Series.

What I found was little progress since the first flood cleanup.  From the speech by Recreation Director Rob Spagnola during a City Council Meeting last month, I was under the impression that the needed repairs were completed, that all we needed were the floating docks to be ready for the season. My impression was wrong. There is a LOT of work to be done to get the park ready for the season. The City was reimbursed for the repairs but none of the lampposts destroyed by the flooding were replaced, the benches are in poor shape, some needing new wood, all needing painting. There are exposed wires where the boat hookups used to be. The shoreline of the western section of the park is still strewn with debris from the flooding. There are sharp pieces of twisted aluminum where the docks used to attach to the retaining wall.

Although a new storage shed was built for the concession building and repairs to the building were completed, it does not seem that any of the other work is being done so that we can ALL enjoy the park by the river.  I did notice a City of Amsterdam utility truck parked in front of the concession building, but did not see any employees present.

This park represents Amsterdam on the Eric Canal National Heritage Corridor.  It is time we cleaned our stoop.















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Midday Common Council Meeting


A Special meeting of the Amsterdam Common Council was held today at 12:30pm to speed up the process of replacing about 250 feet of floating docks at Riverlink Park that were destroyed by last summer’s flooding. City Recreation Director Rob Spagnola pled his case to the Council stating the docks were covered by insurance, that the City was already reimbursed for $50,000 for flood damages. The lowest estimate received was $65,000 and if approved the docks could be replaced in May, in time for boating season. The resolution to authorize bids limited to the floating docks was unanimously passed by the Council (Alderman DeRossi was absent from meeting).

Spagnola went on to state that the docks were the only part of Riverlink Park that was covered under flood insurance. Damage to five decorative light posts is estimated at $15,000. There was also damage to the concession building that was under three feet of water. An adjacent supply shed was also destroyed by the flood.

The only other piece of legislation presented at the meeting was an introductory resolution to place stop signs on Florida Avenue at the intersection of Bridge Street in both directions. A public meeting to discuss this ordinance was scheduled for next Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 7:20pm.

Also absent from the meeting were the Amsterdam Police and Fire Chiefs as well as City activist Diane Hatzenbuhler (there was no public comment segment in today’s meeting). Reporter Ed Munger covered the meeting for the Daily Gazette and Jarrett Carroll covered the meeting for the Recorder. I was the only City resident in attendance that was not a City employee.






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