The Joint CRZ Committee for the Towns of Jay and Keene recently attended the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Conference in Albany held on April 23rd, where announcements awarding funding were made.
“Being selected as the recipients of one of the “Rising to the Top” Awards through the NY Rising Program was really the “icing on the cake” for the Jay/Keene Community Reconstruction Program Committee. The “Rising to the Top” award was a very competitive process and winning one of the categories validated the hard work of the Jay/Keene Committee over the last seven+ months and the $3 million dollar award will allow the Committee to target additional projects in our communities. Together with the original $6 million dollars included in the NY Rising Program, Jay and Keene will now share a total of $9 million dollars for projects aimed at protecting our assets in the event of future flooding, projects that our respective towns could never have afforded to even think about without this NY Rising allocation.
Town of Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee was quick to give credit to his committee members” This zealous team of volunteers worked in a purposeful and steadfast manner towards the common goal of improving our community. I couldn’t be more pleased with their results”.
Committee Co-Chair Scott McDonald stated “Committee Co-Chair Vinny McClelland and I are most appreciative of the time and effort provided by our Committee members throughout this process. These Committee members volunteered their time and energy to help their respective communities and they are proud of the Committee’s accomplishments thus far”.
Co Chair Vinny McClelland added “the proposed restoration and flood mitigation plan for Jay and Keene will provide refuge for brook trout to spawn and also allow for economic development opportunities. Other proposed storm water and erosion control projects will provide long-term environmental benefits” . Committee Members included: Tom Both (Keene), Gerald Brow (Jay), Eric Carey (Jay), Chad Garcia (Jay), Jody Hart (Jay), Tom Hickey (Keene), Marcy Neville (Keene), Joe-Pete Wilson, Jr. (Keene) as well as Michael Mascarenas of the Essex County Office of Community Resources, David Reckhan of the Essex County Soil and Water Conservation Service and Corrie Miller, the former Director of the Au Sable River Association. Non-voting members of the Committee included Town Supervisors Randy Douglas and Bill Ferebee. The Committee was greatly assisted and supported by Michael Wironen, Project Manager, Ecology and Environment, Inc. who managed to pull the Committee’s work together into our final plan for submission on March 31, 2014. Also providing technical assistance and support to the Committee were Sarah Crowell and Barbara Kendall of the NYS Department of State. The full 182 page plan can be viewed at the following website:
Town of Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas commented “I couldn’t be more proud of this dedicated group of individuals. They took on this enormous task and brought it to the highest possible plane, securing the first level of financial reward, but also qualifying for the “Rising to the Top” award”. “The Towns of Jay and Keene are in a better place because of this group of individuals”.
The final Public Meeting related to the Construction Recovery Program was held on May 13th at the JEMS/ Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay.
May 15, 2014
The Town of Jay Board appointed Mr. John Dockum to fill the interim position of Highway Superintendent/DPW Director at a Special Town Board Meeting held on May 14th, 2014 at 5pm at the Town of Jay Community Center. Mr. Dockum’s salary will be based on a $43,000 annual salary.
John is familiar with the inner workings of the Highway Department for he previously worked as an M.E.O for the Town of Jay Highway Department. John also retired as a Garage Foreman/Supervisor from NYS Corrections where he was in charge of the entire vehicle fleet, maintenance and scheduling at the Franklin Correctional Facilities in Malone after 16 years of service. John has also served as a Town of Jay Justice for several terms.
“Mr. Dockum is very well respected throughout the community and the Town Board and I unanimously feel we made an excellent choice”, said Randy Douglas, Town of Jay Supervisor. Douglas continued, “John has hit the road running the last two days and we certainly appreciate his sincere dedication to his temporary duties.”
Mr. Dockum has no interest in running for the full time position as for he and his wife Peg spend their winters in Florida.
A Special Election will be held on November 4th, 2014 to fulfill the remainder of the term expiring on 12/31/17. Town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas stated, “There are a few highway employees who are interested in running for the Highway/DPW Director position in the November Election, so the Town Board felt it was necessary and fair to appoint someone from the outside who had no interest in running for the post in November.”
The Town Board wants the people to decide who will best represent them as their Highway Superintendent/DPW Director. In the interim, John can be reached at (518) 946-7170.
The Town of Jay Town Board will be holding a Special Board Meeting at 5:00pm on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at the Town of Jay Community Center, 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY.
The purpose of this meeting is to appoint a new Highway Superintendent/DPW Director.
The Town of Jay DPW Department is scheduled to replace a 6” valve that is leaking right before the intersection of Covered Bridge Lane and Glen Road in Jay, NY on May 7th, 2014 beginning at 8:00am.
The following Jay residents (not Au Sable Forks or Upper Jay) will be without water from approximately 8:00am – Noon:
· From Ward Lumber throughout 9N and 9S, John Fountain Road, Covered Bridge Lane and Brick Store Lane.
If the work slated takes longer than 4 hours, the Department of Health will be notified as well as the residents.
The FREE Rabies Clinic for the Town of Jay has been scheduled for the Au Sable Forks Ambulance Hall from 6 - 7pm on the 15th of May 2014!
Free for all pet dogs, cats & ferrets. Call ahead to get your paperwork started! 873-3500
Essex County Department of Public Works has informed Town of Jay Officials that the Stickney Bridge will be closed from March 3, 2014 through 4/25/14 to repair damages that the bridge has sustained over the years from numerous storms, most recently Irene. All repairs are slated to be completed during this time frame.
TOWN OF JAY- The Town of Jay Supervisor’s Office will be publishing a new business brochure. Listings in this brochure will be free of charge to Town of Jay Business Owners who wish to have their information included in this upcoming publication.
Please submit your business card in any of the following ways;
· Via USPO to: Town of Jay, PO. Box 730, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912
· In person to the Supervisors Office located at 11 School Lane in
Au Sable Forks during regular business hours of Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
· Via e-mail to email@example.com
The anticipated date of publication will be April , 2014.