TOWN OF JAY- Town of Jay and Essex County Officials are pleased to announce that the new Rolling Mill Hill-Grove Bridge will be opening to traffic during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 8, 2015. Town of Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas will have the honor of being the first to drive across the bridge in a 1931 Chevy Coupe owned by Town of Jay Historian Sharron Hewston and her husband Geoff. This new two lane bridge replaces the original single lane bridge that failed to meet safety standards after damages suffered during Hurricane Irene. Town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas stated "this is just one more example of the support and solidarity that the State of New York and Essex County have shown to the Town of Jay as we continue to recover from the devastation of Irene". Essex County DPW Director Chris Garrow, former Town of Jay DPW Director, added "Construction on this bridge began in August 2014. Its completion is another big step along the long road to recovery in the Town of Jay".
This new two lane bridge replaces the original single lane bridge that failed to meet safety standards after damages suffered during Hurricane Irene.
Town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas stated "this is just one more example of the support and solidarity that the State of New York and Essex County have shown to the Town of Jay as we continue to recover from the devastation of Irene".
Essex County DPW Director Chris Garrow, former Town of Jay DPW Director, added "Construction on this bridge began in August 2014. Its completion is another big step along the long road to recovery in the Town of Jay".
It is with a heavy heart and many mixed emotions that I announce today that I am resigning as your Town of Jay Supervisor and as Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman at a date yet to be determined in early June.
Over the past 11 and 1/2 years I have strived to represent you all to the best of my ability. I can't thank you enough for the confidence you placed in me to lead our community through some very trying times. The job as Town Supervisor has become more and more time consuming and very demanding over the last several years.
During these years I was very blessed to have such an understanding and
caring family that has allowed me the time necessary to do the job and
represent all of our needs at the Town, County State, and Federal level. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Town Supervisor over these last 11 and 1/2 years and I can't thank you enough for the opportunity. The time has come for me to make a career change, face new challenges, have less stress in my life, and most of all to spend more time with my family. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Please be advised that the Town of Jay has been authorized by the New York State Department of Health to lift the “Boil Water” Order that has been in place since Friday, February 13, 2015 for sections of the Jay Water District which affected Hamlet of Jay users residing near the intersection of Routes 9 and 86 (Jay Green) and all users south of that point up to the Rosio residence.
We received this authorization after repairs were made to the water distribution system and two consecutive bacteriological sample results as mandated by the New York State Department of Health were clear.
Please be advised that Town of Jay Officials are ordering a boil water order for sections of the Jay Water District. (Hamlet of Jay)
You are hereby ordered to boil all water for drinking and culinary purposes. This order is being issued pursuant to Section 1107 of the Public Health Law. This order is being issued only to users residing near the intersection of Routes 9 and 86 (Jay Green) and all users south of that point up to the Rosio residence.
Town of Jay DPW Director Robbie Lincoln at 225-4599 and Town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas at 569-3582 have been in contact with the Department of Health and are continuing to oversee crews working on the water break.
Town Officials and the Department of Health will update the Boil Water Order as new information arises.
Thank you for your patience in this matter!
Dear Town of Jay Residents,
Recently, there has been a lot of misinformation circulating throughout the Town about proper use of the Highway/DPW sand and/or salt stockpiles.
One myth is that the Town of Jay Board recently put a stop to the misuse of sand and/or salt stockpiles by residents, independent contractors and local businesses. The truth of the matter is; the Town of Jay Board never allowed for this practice to begin, or does the Town of Jay Board have the authority to authorize such a practice, accept during a declared State of Emergency such as a significant ice storm.
This particular topic of interest was brought to the attention of our Town Board when two complaints were received by one of our Town Council, questioning why some residents, independent contractors and businesses were allowed to utilize the sand and/or salt stock piles and not others.
At the request of my Town Council, I was asked to provide them with legal opinions and specific case law regarding the distribution and/or sale of sand from a municipality. I secured opinions and case laws from the Attorney General’s Office, Association of Towns, the NYS Comptrollers and our Town Attorney Dan Manning.
The legal opinions are available on the Town of Jay’s official website at www.townofjay.com; or to pick up in person at the Supervisor’s Office, 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912.
Please realize that in the eyes of the NYS Comptroller’s Office and Attorney General, this is an illegal gift of taxpayers’ funds and a criminal offense. If I, the Town Board or Highway Superintendant authorize use of sand/and or salt stock piles; we can be arrested and removed from office.
After the Town of Jay’s Special Town Board meeting on Thursday, January 29, 2015; a discussion about proper use of the Highway/DPW sand and/or salt stockpiles came up. Since all of our Town Board Meetings are live to tape, Charter Communications (local access channel) will air the meeting in full and those interested in understanding more about this issue are urged to watch.
For liability reasons alone; if one of our employees was hurt during loading or distributing sand and/or salt to an unauthorized party, that employee will not be covered under workers compensation.
On behalf of the Jay Town Board and new Highway Superintendent Robbie Lincoln, it is our overall opinion that residents should be able to utilize the sand and/or salt stock piles to sand their own sidewalks and driveways; however it is illegal. On the other hand, the Town Board does not agree that independent contractors should be able to obtain truck loads of sand and/or salt to profit from sanding our residents’ driveways. This is clearly unethical and an abuse of our taxpayers dollars.
Many residents may recall that in January of 2014; as Town of Jay Supervisor, I declared a State of Emergency due to the significant ice that had accumulated during one of our seasonal storms. Residents were able to access sand and/or salt from the Highway Garage in buckets only; not truck loads.
We understand that many residents are displeased with the law and we as a Town Board agree it needs amendment, but it is a criminal offense if we refuse to abide by it.
Just as our Town Board would not encourage you to commit a criminal offense for us, therefore we expect you would never ask it of us. There have been numerous accounts of Town Officials arrested for abusing these laws and removed from power, this Town refuses to be one of those statistics.
Please understand, it’s the State Constitution, Article VIII that prohibits a local government from making a gift of public funds to a private individual.
It is neither mine, nor the Town Board’s or Highway Superintendents intention of putting our residents in a public safety risk. I too know what it’s like for an elderly person to fall on their property; for I live it daily. My mom broke her femur on Christmas Day and has undergone numerous medical procedures including surgery, since and is still not back in her home. But, it doesn’t justify breaking the law or to put officials in a criminal situation because we disagree with the law.
As your Town Supervisor, and as the President Elect of the New York Association of Counties and as a voting member of the NYS Association of Town’s Resolution Committee, I promise to lobby for some amendment to the sand and/or salt laws by the New York State Legislature. Unfortunately, at this time, we must follow the law or we are subject to performing a criminal act.
Dear Town of Jay Residents,
Please be advised that Town of Jay Officials have spoken with Mark Letta of NYSEG and are aware of issues with brown outs and/or power outages throughout Au Sable Forks. NYSEG reported 500 residents without power this morning; 200 have most recently been restored and they expect to restore the other 300 residents within the hour. NYSEG crews are diligently working at the Stickney Bridge sub-station to resolve all issues.
Should you need anything in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call us at the Town of Jay Supervisor’s Office at (518) 647-2204 x 101.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The American Red Cross is going to staff the emergency housing shelter (Town of Jay Community Center) located at 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY. Residents without power throughout the Tri-County area are welcome to utilize the facilities. Cots, blankets, water and warm food will be available.
PRESS RELEASE: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO AU SABLE FORKS, NY
CONTACT: Helen Wirt-Kennedy, Christmas Tree Committee Chair: 578-0865
The 10th Annual Christmas in the Forks, an old fashioned Town Yuletide Christmas will include the highlight of the day, the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00pm, Saturday, December 6th, 2014 located in Au Sable Forks at the corner of Route 9N and North Main, “The Forks” Times Square; followed by a spectacular fireworks display!
Many hands help to make Christmas in the Forks glorious each year. Many thanks to all the Au Sable Forks downtown merchants, the Au Sable Forks Fire Department and Auxiliary, the Au Sable Forks Free Library, Rick Dodge Marketing, the Clock Project Committee, the Towns of Jay and Black Brook Officials and employees, the Au Sable Forks Revitalization and Beautification Committees, the Hollywood Theatre, Clinton and Essex County Sherriff’s Departments, Supervisor Randy Douglas, Supervisor Rick Nolan and the Tree Lighting Committee Chaired by Helen Wirt-Kennedy; who continue to collaborate as sponsors to make this night magical for children of all ages.
The Au Sable Forks Clock Park Christmas Tree will be donated this year by Jodi and Dave Hart. Their tree allows them to be an extra special part of this year’s celebration!
The 10th Annual Christmas in the Forks Timeline for December 6th is as follows:
12:30pm: Jingle Bell Fun Run; Sponsored by Au Sable Forks Revitalization Committee
1:00pm: St. Nicholas Festivities at Holy Name Church
2:30pm: Story Hour w/Mrs. Claus @ Au Sable Forks Library
3:00pm: Music and Advent Crafts @ St. James Episcopal Church
4:00pm: Children’s Movies @ the Hollywood Theatre (sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Fire Department & Auxiliary)
4:00pm: Christmas Music at 20 Main
6:00pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony; Two “New” Christmas Characters will help our other beloved characters (Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Snoopy, Miss Frosty Forks, the Gingerbread Man, and Elves). Accompanying Santa and Mrs. Claus at this year’s Christmas tree lighting will be North Pole Characters from Santa’s Workshop. Crowd sing a-longs and the Christmas Macarena will cheer the hearts of the crowd!
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING TREE LIGHTING:
Spectacular Fireworks Display!!!
7:00pm: Visit w/Santa, Mrs. Claus & Christmas Characters (Cookies & Juice will be served) @ Town of Jay Community Center; Sponsored by the Town of Jay Beautification Committee.
7:00pm: Children’s Movies @ the Hollywood Theatre (sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Fire Department & Auxiliary)
7:30pm: Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at Cipriano’s at the Riverside
The Annual Tree Lighting Event is led by Christmas Tree Committee Chair Helen Wirt-Kennedy and has drawn in crowds of approximately 400 people each year! This all day event is free for families and children of all ages!
Special thanks to Jamie Atkins, Northline Utilities; Brandon Atkins, Kyle Coolidge, Helen Wirt-Kennedy and Tracy Kennedy, TK Welding; Joe Richards, Adirondack Mountain Spirits, Inc., Terry and Lisa Aubin, Bryan and Lori Deyoe, Bobby and Vicky Meconi for their help in setting up this year’s Christmas tree in “The Forks” Times Square. Special thanks to Susan Richards, Carol Greenley, Jaime Rose Douglas for coordinating the characters, entertainment and press. Town of Jay Supervisor, Randall Douglas (who is M.C. of this event) said, “The annual tree lighting has become a tradition in our small town. It’s our official kick off to the holiday season and brings us all together!”
The Water Break was fixed within a half hour. There is no boil water. Thanks for your patience!!!
The Town of Jay DPW informed the Supervisor’s Office that the water will be shut off temporarily today (Monday 11/3/14) for an emergency break in order to fix the main valve on Church Lane.
The shut off will take place at 10:00am and should not require a boil water. We will update the status as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience!
The Town of Jay DPW informed the Supervisor’s Office that the water will be shut off today (Friday, 10/3) for an emergency break in order to fix the main valve at Howard Heights.
The shut off will take place from 11:00 am to Noon and will effect residents from Ward Lumber Company down to North and South of Route 9N and Route 86 to Bill’s Way.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
JOINT TOWN MEETING CANCELLED
JOINT TOWN MEETING CANCELLED
Town of Jay – Please be advised that the Joint Meeting for the Towns of Jay and Black Brook originally scheduled for 7:0pm tonight, September 17, 2014, has been cancelled due to a death in the family of a Town of Black Brook Official. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please be advised that on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 the Town of Jay DPW Department will be shutting off the water for the entire Au Sable Forks Water District on the Town of Jay side only between the hours of 10:00am to Noon. This shut off is related to the construction on the Grove Road Bridge. We apologize for any inconvenience.
September 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOWN OF JAY- During construction on the Grove Road Bridge, a water main was inadvertently struck during digging by a contractor doing work on the bridge. This break caused low water pressure throughout some areas of the Au Sable Forks Water District. The Town of Jay DPW has repaired the break and water is back on. The Department of Health has been notified and because the water was restored under the required time limit there is no boil water order necessary.