Tonawanda News

January 16, 2014

NT recognized for marina project

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda is getting regional recognition for work conducted on the Gratwick Riverside Marina. 

Mayor Robert Ortt said with $1.3 million spent on renovating a portion of the marina and a clubhouse since 2012, the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association will award the municipality the 2013 Construction/Repair Project of the year. 

The first phase of the project was completed in 2013 and was largely funded through state and federal grants.

Michael Marino, of CRA Infrastructure and Engineering, Inc., was the design engineer for this award, and submitted the project for consideration. The public works project was deemed to “promote excellence” for the intermingling of city resources with participating consultants and contractors. 

North Tonawanda has pulled in $686,919 in grants, including  $361,350 through the Niagara River Greenway Commission, for the project so far. 

“This award is the latest affirmation to everyone that said this project couldn’t happen,” Ortt said. “I am extremely proud of this project and I accept this award on behalf of all the folks who made it a reality and on behalf of the taxpayers of North Tonawanda.” 

In December, the city was awarded $208,125 through the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council for future work on the marina, expected to cost about $1 million. 

Ortt paid homage to City Engineer Dale Marshall and Department of Public Works Supervisor Brad Rowles for the work on the project, along with Conestoga Rovers and Associates and Carol Tallichet, who launched the the Lumberjacks Patio Grill last year next to the marina. 

The city will also be automatically entered into the New York state-level of the competition by winning the award in the western region, which will be presented Feb. 9.