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June 18, 2012

Upper Jay Fire District looks to next steps

Insurance won't cover half of cost to rebuild

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And some of those properties — and houses on them — were destroyed in the flood.

Upper Jay is a small hamlet south and west of the Town of Jay.

The central settlement has a post office, the Wells Library, Recovery Lounge theater, space and furniture restoration shop, along with several motel and lodging properties. Several businesses in the hamlet were destroyed in the August flood.

FEMA DESIGNATION

The Upper Jay Commission have been working with a project manager from Hueber-Breuer Construction Company’s Division of Fire Protection Services, the same company that engineered Keene’s new fire station about 9 miles down Route 9. 

Keene Volunteer Fire Department’s station was also wrecked by Irene.

That entity is hoping to break ground in early August on its new site across from Stewart’s Shop.

But in Upper Jay, the timeline is still in the works.

“We really can’t get that far until the FEMA designation is final,” Walton said. “We are hoping that, with the insurance settled, things will move along more quickly.”

Once the funding strategy is secured, any new construction would have to go to a Fire District referendum vote, just as was done in Keene in April.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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