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Bombay plans for fourth-quarter casino compact funds

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BOMBAY— The town of Bombay expects to receive $153,895.98 in casino compact funds for the fourth quarter, about $45,000 less than the town received in the prior quarter.

The town was notified of amount by Franklin County Manager Tom Leitz.

Officials in the neighboring St. Lawrence County town of Brasher also announced Wednesday that they had received their compact funds — the same $153,895.98 as was received by Bombay. And like Bombay, the amount was a drop from what the town had received the previous quarter.

The towns had each received $198,357.78 for the previous quarter.

"It's down $45,000 from the quarter before. That's a considerable chunk of change. Revenues (at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort) are falling off," said Brasher Supervisor M. James Dawson.

Bombay Supervisor Mary Taylor told the board Wednesday that the town needs to come up with a spending plan for the funds.

She offered one suggestion.

"I know we had talked about doing something with an ambulance. I know that's probably only a drop in the bucket towards an ambulance," Ms. Taylor said. "That is one suggestion for it. I know there are a lot of places for the money to be used."

Town Highway Superintendent Jamie Durant said that he thought it would be better for the fire department to lease an ambulance, instead of spending the whole compact fund payment on one thing.

"Spread it out through a time period, instead allocating the whole drop to it," said Mr. Durant.

Ms. Taylor said that she is not confident that the money is going to keep flowing.

Ms. Taylor did say, however, that she would not be comfortable releasing the funds for a new ambulance until the fire department had a specific vehicle in mind.

Councilman Jacque Leduc purposed putting $50,000 in a trust that the town would have and let the fire department know about the fund. Then, the department could get a price on a truck and the town would give them the money once everything is set up.

Ms. Taylor said that the town can earmark the money in the town's account for the purpose of buying an ambulance.

Leduc said he thought some of the money could be allocated to installing electricity at the town storage barn on Main Street. The town is planning to allocate roughly $7,000 toward putting electric service in the barn.

Councilman Chris Jock suggested that the town could get a new pickup truck with a sander and a plow.

Mr. Durant said, "If we get something like that, it would be smart to say that every two years that we would replace it, and what we would buy it for on the state contract price, in two years we could sell it for the same amount, so we would always be into a new truck."

Although no formal decision on spending the funds was made Wednesday, the town is planning to use approximately $75,000 of the compact funds toward the new pickup, sander and plow.

Town officials are also planning to use the remaining funds for paving jobs around town. Some of the ideas were to pave near the baseball diamond and the historical society.

Mr. Durant said that he believed the paving would use up the roughly $20,000 left from the compact funds.

Bob Beckstead contributed to this report.

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