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Greenway funds sought for harbor dredging, log cabin reconstruction

WHEATFIELD – The towns of Wilson and Newfane sought the Niagara County Legislature’s support for Niagara River Greenway funds last week.

No action was taken by the ad hoc Greenway committee on Wilson’s request for funding to complete the dredging of Wilson Harbor, nor was action taken on Newfane’s request to reconstruct a log cabin attraction in Krull Park.

In Wilson, the Army Corps of Engineers is planning to do some dredging in the harbor on Lake Ontario next month, Supervisor Joseph A. Jastrzemski said.

But the work will extend only from the mouth of the harbor to just past the Wilson Boathouse and Clark’s Marina, leaving the harbor’s lengthy channel untouched.

The harbor needs to be dredged by six to eight feet in varying locations, the supervisor said.

He estimated it would take $1.3 million to really dredge the whole harbor effectively.

Meanwhile Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg presented a proposal to construct a log cabin in Krull Park – an exact replica of a cabin built in the park, then called TenBrook’s Grove, by the Niagara County Pioneers Association in 1888.

The town sought $172,000 in Greenway funds toward a $192,000 project, with the town fronting the rest of the money.

“The cabin started to deteriorate as Olcott fell on hard times after World War II, and in 1957 it was demolished.

Horanburg said the cabin would be placed near the original location on Main Street, in the northern part of the park.

“The Town of Newfane Historical Society and the Niagara County Historical Society would put their relics back in there,” Horanburg said.

Horanburg agreed to do so, although no exact numbers have been determined.