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Federal grant funds will allow for security enhancements at the port of Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — The port of Ogdensburg will use more than $130,000 in federal funds to help pay for security fencing, lighting and power improvements.

Last week, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the maritime facility on the St. Lawrence River at Paterson Street would receive $131,625 from the Port Security Grant program.

“We’re elated that we got it,” Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Frederick S. Morrill said Monday. “It’ll help with the port’s security.”

According to Mr. Morrill, the total cost of the improvements is $175,500. The grant covers 75 percent of the expense and the OBPA is responsible for the rest.

The additions to the port and their costs are:

n $58,000 for an emergency generator.

n $37,000 for security fencing for the port’s open Ford Street entrance.

n $36,000 for more lighting between the waterfront and the port’s new weigh station.

n $19,000 for a security gate lift arm at the weigh station.

n $15,500 for a security entrance gate at the weigh station.

n $10,000 for a security swing gate at the port’s Paterson Street entrance, replacing one that is more than 30 years old.

John A. Rishe, the authority’s director for commercial and industrial development, wrote the application for the grant. He said the planned security measures will help the port comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Besides, he said, the upgrades will help further protect the port against vandalism or even the theft of costly port-stored property such as windmill turbines.

“It’s for our benefit as well,” Mr. Rishe said Tuesday.

Installation will be done by contractors and OBPA staff, Mr. Morrill said.

The OBPA in 2010 upgraded security at its marine terminal which included television surveillance, motion sensors, a computer system, security lighting, an automatic entry gate, radio communications equipment and emergency generators, among other measures.

Access to portions of the port has been restricted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

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