OGDENSBURG Its going to cost a little more to remove the 54 trees on Paterson Street that need to come down before construction on the road can take place after the firm the city initially hired backed out of the contract.
The $10,500 contract with Black River Tree Removal LLC was approved by the Ogdensburg City Council on Feb. 24.
City Manager John M. Pinkerton said the company backed out of the contract in order to clean up winter storm damage in North Carolina.
At Mondays City Council meeting, a contract for $12,835 with Richard Sears Tree Experts, Glens Falls, will be considered. Richard Sears Tree Experts was the second-lowest bidder for the project, Mr. Pinkerton said.
The tree removal needs to be completed by March 31 so construction wont harm the nesting habitat of the northern long-eared bat that will be coming back to the city in the summer.
The city is responsible for paying 5 percent of the tree removal costs, with the rest paid by federal aid, Mr. Pinkerton said.
The Paterson Street rehabilitation project is a $7.5 million, federally funded program that will widen the road by about 2 feet and resurface it. Construction will start in the spring.
When the project is completed, smaller trees that wont interfere with utilities will be planted along Paterson Street, Mr. Pinkerton said.