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Adams Town Council approves sidewalk project, overrides tax cap

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ADAMS — The Town Council approved the creation of a half-mile-long sidewalk project Thursday night after working with the state on its design for years.

The approximately 2,000-foot-long sidewalk will run alongside Route 11 from the South Jefferson Central School District’s Clarke Building south toward the Adams Country Club.

The board accepted the low bid of $139,187.10 from DEW Builders, Adams, pending final approval of the bid from its staff and the state Department of Transportation. The project is supported by a $185,000 grant from the federal Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program.

Even including the costs of consultant work and other expenses, town Supervisor David W. Kellogg said he was sure the grant would be enough to cover all of the costs for the town, which will be reimbursed after finishing the project.

Before receiving the reimbursement, Mr. Kellogg said, the town will use its highway reserve funds to pay for the project.

Mr. Kellogg projected the sidewalk will be finished by August.

Work was slowed for years after the town used the state DOT office in Albany to facilitate much of the planning work.

Though using the department saved the town money, it also meant the project was developed in small pieces as the entities sent documents back and forth.

Asked what he would do differently if he could start over, Mr. Kellogg said he would have hired a local engineering firm for the planning instead of the state department.

“It is what it is, and now it’s done,” he said.

The bid’s final approval is expected to take two weeks.

Council members also unanimously approved overriding the 2 percent tax levy increase cap.

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