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June 8, 2011

Footbridge measures passage of time


ELIZABETHTOWN — Another springtime activity for the preschoolers at that location is to watch the annual fish stocking.

"I just love walking over the bridge almost every day and listening to the river," Marvin said. "As I cross the bridge, I am always looking over the side at the river flowing below me."

She and Mrs. Olcott usually take their canine friends, Abby and Jack, on their excursions.


The impending footbridge repair was outlined by Jessica Buehler of Essex County Public Health during a recent Elizabethtown Town Council meeting.

The town is paying $46,000 toward the project initially but will be reimbursed. About $90,000 will be forthcoming from grants through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, administered through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation with the intention to promote healthier lifestyles.

According to Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew, there is money in the general fund to cover the outlay of funds.

Though the current cement piers are being utilized, the steps and bridge itself will be replaced. Wood planking will be supplanted by heavy-duty plastic.

Landscaping will be done in the park area, as well as stream-bank reinforcement.

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