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June 24, 2013

Lookback: June 24 to 30


▶ The Crete Memorial Civic Center Commission accepted the preliminary plans for the proposed $1.5 million community building, and sat back to await word on its application for federal aid on the project. Mayor John J. Tyrell, commission chairman, repeated he is optimistic approval will come soon on the request for $750,000 in an Accelerated Public Works Act grant to pay half the estimated construction costs. 

▶ The city isn’t going to count on an Accelerated Public Works Act grant to help it solve its water problems. Common Council members voted to have engineers prepare contract drawings for an expansion project tentatively estimated to cost $525,000, saying the city faces a shortage of water because piping and filtration facilities can’t meet the demand.

▶ The tentative, although nearly certain, date for beginning the sale of the 1,500, one-acre lots on a subdivision development in Jay is July 12, according to John Eaton, president of the AuSable Acres Corp. Final approval will depend on what happens at a July 3 public hearing by the State Water Resources Commission at the Jay Town Hall.

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▶ Beginning July 1, the blast furnace of the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company will operate at 60 percent of capacity, according to J. R. Linney, general manager and vice president of the company. However, Linney revealed that resumption of work at the furnace in Standish is not necessitated by any upswing in business.

▶ The Public Works Administration approved an outbreak grant of $90,000 for the construction of additions to and alterations of the West Chazy school building at an estimated cost $202,000. The project comprises the construction and equipment of two new one-story fire resistant wings to the present school building, alterations to the present school building and purchase of land to enlarge the site.

▶ Work of demolishing the vacant buildings at 8, 10, 12 and 14 Margaret St., site of the proposed Montgomery Ward company store, will begin in the very near future. Claire H. Rainey, who was broker in the purchase of the property, said that the contract calls for the work to be completed by Sept. 1, after which it is expected that the construction of the proposed new building will get underway.

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