Fleischmanns bridge resolution delayed

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was during Hurricane Irene when the Bridge Street bridge in Fleischmanns was lost, and ever since there’s been much debate as to what to do next.
Some have said replace the span. Others say to leave well enough alone and not rebuild because there are two other ways to cross the creek. There’s also a compromise plan to build a pedestrian-only span to give easy access to the Wagner Avenue area near the village park.
But, at a meeting last month, it was decided that even though it is almost three years since that storm, Fleischmanns residents will need to wait even longer to find out what, if anything, will be done.

Looking it over
Several members of the village board recently met at the site of the bridge with Delaware County officials to explore options and outline for affected neighbors what the impacts of those options would be on their respective lands.
And in some cases those impacts would be substantial.
Harriet Grossman, an adjoining landowner and also a village trustee, told county officials that she does not want any bridge project to proceed.
John Granito, another landowner who would suffer should the bridge be rebuilt, urged lawmakers to hold off on deciding anything until a flood study has been completed.
The board of trustees has decided to follow Granito’s advice, despite warnings from the county that FEMA funding may no longer be available if they wait too much longer. That study is expected to take several months.

Not a village decision
“The final design will not be determined until the village-wide flood analysis is complete and the full impact of the bridge and any other future stream work is considered,” said Mayor Todd Pascarella.
In other news, residents need not worry that, without a bridge, they won’t be able to get to the village pool this summer. The trustees have decided to keep the pool closed this year due to costs.
“I took a close look at the finances specific to running the pool and after adding everything up determined that the pool operated last year at about a $14,000 loss,” Pascarella said, “not including insurance costs or the cost of filling and refilling the pool with water.”