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Brasher plots use for latest casino gaming compact check

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BRASHER FALLS - Brasher officials will use a portion of their latest installment of casino gaming compact funds to pay for the entire electrical contract for their new highway garage.

The town’s latest compact check was for $198,357.78, and Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said he plans to use the funding for the highway garage that’s currently under construction.

“We’re putting it toward the construction project,” he said, noting the bids for the work had come in over budget.

He plans to use $98,949 of the money to cover the complete electrical contract for Jordstat Construction, Inc., Alexandria Bay.

Another portion of the funds, $56,630.78, will cover a partial payment for a mechanical contract the town had awarded to Eni Mechanical Inc., Gouverneur. The total bid from Eni Mechanical Inc. was $262,900.

Mr. Dawson also recommended to councilmen during a special meeting Tuesday to dedicate $23,500 for Benny Gladding’s work as clerk of the works for the project. He noted that Mr. Gladding will be on-site daily to ensure adherence to the engineer specifications, checking payrolls on prevailing wage laws and “doing general overseeing of the project.”

An additional $19,278 will be used to pay Atlantic Testing Labs for “testing for construction materials, compaction testing and concrete testing using particle-size compaction and compressive strength tests.”

“I’ve broken it down to make it a more palatable and informative proposal,” he said. “This garage project has resulted in the hiring of several local tradesmen, since the general contractor (Danko Construction Corps., Massena) is a local person. Both materials and labor are generated in the local area.”

Councilmen approved a resolution for the spending plan, and Mr. Dawson said he planned to forward that resolution to county officials. It must still be approved by Empire State Development.

“It may be a couple more months before we actually receive the check,” he said.

Town officials, who are using casino gaming compact funds for the project, had budgeted $1.3 million for the new building two years ago. Estimates from Beardsley Design Associates, the town’s architectural and engineering firm, had indicated it could cost from $1.2 million to $1.5 million. They purchased 5.35 acres from Leon Dishaw on County Route 53 in Helena for $35,000 for the new garage.

After the lowest responsible bids were tallied, the highway garage project came in at $1,436,833. In addition to Danko Construction as general construction contractor, Jordstat Construction as electrical contractor and Eni Mechanical as mechanical contractor, the town awarded plumbing work to Norwood Plumbing.

The current town garage in Helena was purchased from the St. Lawrence Seaway for $1 in 1958, and the town had to build the foundation and walls for the steel building that served as a storage shed for the Seaway. The building is too small for the highway department’s vehicles, hot air furnaces hang from the ceiling and some crumbling walls need repairs, officials say.

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