Fort Drum finds environmental improvements, savings

Fort Drum’s environmental chief, James M. Miller, checks the tank storage area for off-spec fuel and used motor oil. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Fort Drum’s environmental chief, James M. Miller, checks the tank storage area for off-spec fuel and used motor oil. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

When it comes to finding ways to go green and save green, officials on post see how small changes locally can make a big difference.

“It’s about savings; it’s about stewardship,” said James M. Miller, the post’s environmental chief. “They augment each other.” [Read more...]

DeKalb purchases St. Henry’s Church for library, community space

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church in DeKalb Junction for $10,500 and plans to use it for a library and community space. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church in DeKalb Junction for $10,500 and plans to use it for a library and community space. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church for $10,500 for use as a library and other community purposes.

“We’re trying to look at the future,” Supervisor John M. Frary said. “It’s nice to make sure these old buildings are used.” [Read more...]

Economic Snapshot – April 2014

Average per-gallon milk price paid to N.Y. dairy farmers

Up 18.08 percent in 12 months
$2.09 in February 2014
$2.05 in January 2014
$1.77 in February 2013
Source: NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Average upstate N.Y. price for gallon of regular unleaded gas

Down 7.4 percent in 12 months
$3.63 in February 2014
$3.65 in January 2014
$3.92 in February 2013

Average north country region price for gallon of home heating oil

Up 3.19 percent in 12 months
$4.21 in February 2014
$4.00 in January 2014
$4.08 in February 2013

Average north country region price for gallon of residential propane

Up 37.38 percent in 12 months
$4.19 in February 2014
$3.75 in January 2014
$3.05 in February 2013

Source: NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

Open welfare cases in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties (cash assistance)

Up 6.95 percent in 12 months
2,201 in February 2014
2,124 in January 2014
2,058 in February 2013

Source: Social Services Dept. of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties

Single-family homes sold by Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors

Number sold down 5.1 percent, price down 12.0 percent in 12 months
56, median price $118,750 in February 2014
57, median price $159,000 in January 2014
59, median price $135,000 in February 2013

Single-family homes sold by St. Lawrence Board of Realtors
Number sold down 31.0 percent, price down 1.3 percent in 12 months
20, median price $68,000 in February 2014
39, median price $88,000 in January 2014
29, median price $68,900 in February 2013

Source: Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors Inc. and St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors.

Nonagricultural jobs in tri-county area
(not including military positions)

Number of jobs down 0.11 percent in 12 months
88,100 in February 2014
86,900 in January 2014
88,200 in February 2013

Unemployment rates by county (not seasonally adjusted)

Jefferson County
Down 1.8 percentage points in 12 months
10.0 percent in January 2014
9.1 percent in December 2013
11.8 percent in January 2013

Lewis County
Down 1.9 percentage points in 12 months
10.2 percent in January 2014
8.9 percent in December 2013
12.1 percent in January 2013

St. Lawrence County
Down 1.9 percentage point in 12 months
9.5 percent in January 2014
8.1 percent in December 2013
11.4 percent in January 2013

Source: NYS Department of Labor

Vehicles crossing Thousand Islands, Ogdensburg-Prescott and Seaway International (Massena) bridges

Down 3.49 percent in 12 months
305,366 in February 2014
322,384 in January 2014
316,409 in February 2013

Source: T.I. Bridge Authority, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, Seaway Int’l. Bridge Corp

Passengers at Watertown International Airport

(inbound and outbound)
Up 3.91 percent in 12 months
2,605 in February 2014
1,990 in January 2014
2,507 in February 2013

Source: Jefferson County Board of Legislators

U.S. Canadian dollar exchange rate (number of Canadian dollars per U.S. dollar)

Up 7.8 percent in 12 months
$1.10 on Feb. 28, 2014
$1.11 on Jan. 31, 2014
$1.02 on Feb. 22, 2013

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of N.Y.

New automobiles registered in Jefferson County



Cars
Up 15.9 percent in 12 months
350 in February 2014
361 in January 2014
302 in February 2013

Trucks
Down 3.5 percent in 12 months
83 in February 2014
96 in January 2014
86 in February 2013

Source: Jefferson County Clerk’s Office

Due to updates in some categories, numbers may differ from previously published prior month and year figures.

All season’s power equipment

Construction is nearly complete on a roughly 2,000-square-foot building on Utica Boulevard, Lowville, for All Season’s Power Equipment, which will essentially replace the Lyndaker Sales & Service’s lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls. The new store, a one-story wood frame building, is slated to open by summer, represents a roughly $60,000 investment. Once the new location opens, the Lyndakers’ Beaver Falls location will remain open on a limited basis. Steve Virkler / NNY Business

Construction is nearly complete on a roughly 2,000-square-foot building on Utica Boulevard, Lowville, for All Season’s Power Equipment, which will essentially replace the Lyndaker Sales & Service’s lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls. The new store, a one-story wood frame building, is slated to open by summer, represents a roughly $60,000 investment. Once the new location opens, the Lyndakers’ Beaver Falls location will remain open on a limited basis. Steve Virkler / NNY Business

WHAT: New small engine repair and retail store

LOCATION: Utica Boulevard, Lowville

OWNERS: Lyndaker Sales & Service, Beaver Falls

SIZE: The roughly 2,000-square-foot building would essentially replace the Lyndakers’ lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls.

COST: About $60,000

COMPLETION: Late spring or summer 2014

LOCAL JOBS: A handful of construction jobs and retail positions when commplete

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. After the move, the Beaver Falls location is to remain open on a limited basis.

Compiled by Steve Virkler

Flooding prompts state of emergency declaration for St. Lawrence County

Rising floodwaters across St. Lawrence County prompted county Legislature Chairman Jonathan S. Putney to declare a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon.

Several roads and bridges were closed because of flooding Tuesday in Winthrop, Brasher, Stockholm and Fine.

The towns of Brasher and Stockholm also have declared local states of emergency because of flooding along the St. Regis River.

Among the closures is a portion of County Route 53, just outside the hamlet of Brasher Falls. The area is frequently under water in the spring when the St. Regis River overflows its banks.

“There’s three feet of water or more over portions of the road,” county Deputy Fire Coordinator Frank W. Burns said. “I’ve never seen it that high there before. Luckily for us, the ice went out two days ago. You can plan all you want, but you can’t stop Mother Nature.”

Mr. Burns said he also was aware of reports of flooding on North Road and in the Hogansburg area. A portion of Barnage Road in the town of Lawrence and the Days Mills Bridge on County Route 49, Hopkinton, are closed. Route 11C in Brasher Falls was closed Tuesday evening. Flooding previously had closed portions of County Route 15 between Heuvelton and Rensselaer Falls, Route 58 near its intersection with Route 184 in Pope Mills and portions of County Route 3 in Rossie and County Route 7 in Macomb.
The Route 420 bridge south of Winthrop is closed as water is rising along the west branch of the St. Regis River, Michael J. LeCuyer, director of St. Lawrence County emergency services, said in a news release.
The South Edwards dam in Fine activated its emergency action plan, and Brookfield Renewable Energy has operators on site to monitor the dam.

Colton firefighter Shawn A. Wright stands in the doorway of the Masonic Temple in Colton Tuesday as water is pumped out of its basement. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

Colton firefighter Shawn A. Wright stands in the doorway of the Masonic Temple in Colton Tuesday as water is pumped out of its basement. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The biggest concerns are the Oswegatchie and St. Regis rivers, but the Raquette and Grasse rivers could become greater concerns as 1 to 1.5 inches of rain was expected Tuesday, Mr. LeCuyer said. [Read more...]

Foster loyalty in non-family employees

Brooke Rouse

Brooke Rouse

You may have observed quality of service and success in many family-owned and operated businesses; a sense of commitment and desire to provide a great product or service by the staff. The question however, is how do you develop employees to be as loyal as your family? [Read more...]

Grow business with viable resource

Bill Owens

Bill Owens

As I travel across Northern New York and speak with many business leaders, I hear repeatedly about the need for economic development policies that support sustainable, market-driven small business expansion. One such federal agency, the well-known, yet often under-utilized Export-Import Bank is particularly well equipped to implement such policies so that U.S. companies may grow by accessing new export markets. [Read more...]

Little-known chair factory lead industry in its day

The A.N. Brittan & Son factory near the lower dam in Theresa, ca. 1860s. Courtesy  Theresa  public library

The A.N. Brittan & Son factory near the lower dam in Theresa, ca. 1860s. Courtesy Theresa public library

A. N. Brittan’s chair factory stood near the lower dam in Theresa, on the left bank and south side of Indian River High Falls. [Read more...]

GWNC Chamber Business of the Year awards

Th Greater Watertown North-Country Chamber of Commerce hosted the Business of the Year awards event on Thursday, March 13, at the Black River Valley Club, Watertown.

20Q: Barry L. Waite, Waite Toyota

From left, Matthew, Darrick, Justin and Barry L. Waite in the Waite Toyota-Scion showroom. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

From left, Matthew, Darrick, Justin and Barry L. Waite in the Waite Toyota-Scion showroom. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Since 1929, the Waite family has put north country residents behind the wheel [Read more...]