Lewis County recycling center upgrade bids come in around $300,000

Bids for an upgrade project at the Lewis County recycling center intended to improve its no-sort system came in around the $300,000 mark, as anticipated. [Read more…]

GWNC Chamber of Commerce Athena Award Dinner – Sept. 2013 at Hilton Garden Inn

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce held its 2013 Athena Award Presentation and Dinner on Sept. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown. Bernier, Carr & Associates, WWNY 7 News/WNYF Fox 28 and Timeless Frames, Décor & Expressions sponsored the event.

For retiring CEO, board chairwoman, legacy is leaving firm in great care

Pamela S. Beyor, chairwoman of the board of directors at Bernier, Carr & Associates, and Bernard H.  “Bernie” Brown Jr., CEO, pictured in March, will retire in December after a combined 57 years with the firm. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Pamela S. Beyor, chairwoman of the board of directors at Bernier, Carr & Associates, and Bernard H. “Bernie” Brown Jr., CEO, pictured in March, will retire in December after a combined 57 years with the firm. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Pamela S. Beyor, chairwoman of the board of directors at Bernier, Carr and Associates, jokes that she’s worked with Bernard H. “Bernie” Brown Jr., the company’s chief executive officer, longer than she’s been with her husband.

When the pair’s professional career — a combined 57 years of service and leadership of a firm that has been part of many prominent north country developments in its 43 year history — ends at the close of 2013, they do so with complete confidence in the capable and talented team of leaders they’ve mentored.

And, with neither planning to leave the area they’re entrenched in professionally and personally, the two say they’ve managed to keep glimmers of sadness and nostalgia at bay with the prospect of continuing on as chairwoman and CEO emeritus, respectively, delving into hobbies and community service. [Read more…]

The new faces of leadership

The new leadership team at Bernier Carr and Associates, from left: Kris D. Dimmick, vice president of operations, Kevin E. Lewis, director of business development, Rick W. Tague, president, and Mickey G. Lehman, executive vice president. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

The new leadership team at Bernier Carr and Associates, from left: Kris D. Dimmick, vice president of operations, Kevin E. Lewis, director of business development, Rick W. Tague, president, and Mickey G. Lehman, executive vice president. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

Bernier, Carr and Associates future in hands of partnership team [Read more…]

People on the Move – July 2013

Announces new hires

Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP, Watertown, has announced two new employees at the law firm.

Samuel P. Burgess, a native of Watertown, attended Immaculate Heart Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from St. John Fisher College in 2006. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri Baptist University the following year and in 2013 earned a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he was the valedictorian.

Mr. Burgess worked on The John Marshall Law Review while in school and worked as a law clerk at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Chicago, Ill., and at Conboy. He returned to Conboy in March and now works in the business and estate practice groups. [Read more…]

People on the Move – May 2013

Earns real estate license

Carlos

Allison Carlos recently earned a real estate salesperson license, completing training with Kaplan Professional Schools.

Ms. Carlos is a 2012 graduate of Jefferson Community College, where she earned an associate’s degree in humanities and social science, and a 2010 Watertown High School graduate.

While a student at JCC, she opened a dance and gymnastics supply store, Dance Alley, 345 Factory St., Watertown. She also opened a photo booth business, Allie-Kat Photo Booth, with business partner Kathryn Sparacino.

She is employed with Elliott Realty, Watertown, and continues to manage Dance Alley and Allie-Kat Photo Booth while also teaching dance classes for In Motion School of Dance.

She is the daughter of Louis and Shelly Carlos, Watertown. [Read more…]

GWNC Chamber of Commerce 61st Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award Dinner – February 2013 at Hilton Garden Inn

Bernier, Carr & Associates Annual Children’s Gift and Fund Drive – December 2012 at Black River Valley Club

Association lauds local projects

LeRay, Evans Mills, Champion garner public works awards

Town of LeRay Supervisor Ronald C. Taylor accepts a project of the year award from Joseph Wisinksi at the Central New York American Public Works Association annual awards banquet last fall. Photo by Bova Photography/Special to NNY Business

Serving 520 households, the town of LeRay’s Water District 4 project completed this fall was nominated as a 2012 Environmental Project of the Year at the Central New York American Public Works Association’s annual awards banquet in November. Other north country municipal projects that garnered awards included the town of Champion’s consolidated water supply project, and the expansion of the CREDO Community Center in Evans Mills to be used for a rehabilitation program for young men at the residential facility.

Designed by Watertown engineering firm Bernier, Carr & Associates, the massive $7.7 million project was approved by voters in 2009 and completed this fall. Bordering Fort Drum property and the commercial district along Route 11, the water distribution traverses multiple town, county and state roads in the town to create a more efficient and sustainable system, said town engineer Kris D. Dimmick from Bernier, Carr & Associates.

The town acquired a $2 million grant from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. for the project.

“The project literally connected the town’s 20-year-old water district on Route 11 with the major commercial corridor out to Fort Drum,” he said. “It’s interconnected so that everyone gets a better water supply using a redundant system. It gives operators more flexibility to operate, and from a user standpoint if there are problems with one area, you can get water from another.”

Because of the system’s efficient design, Mr. Dimmick said, the town will also save money by using more of its well water rather than buying water from the city. Before the system was built, most residents in the district used drilled wells for their domestic water supply that needed to be routinely serviced.

As the largest water district in LeRay, the system was built using more than 85,000 lineal feet of water mains and over 58,000 linear feet of water services. “If you took the total length of the trenches built, it would stretch from the town of Evans Mills to the lighthouse on Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent,” he said.

The expansion of the Credo Community Center, a residential facility in Evans Mills for those who need substance abuse treatment, was selected as a 2012 Facilities Project of the Year. Designed by Bernier, Car & Associates, the expansion will be used by young men at the center. Work included expanded dining services, more office space, complete septic system replacement, exterior improvements, and the addition of a large room to be used for instructional and recreational activities.

In addition, the Town of Champion was named a 2012 Environmental Project of the Year for its consolidated water supply project, which included the construction of two new groundwater sources, transmission piping and a treatment building to serve three water districts that encompass about 200 households in total.

Ted Booker is a Johnson Newspapers staff writer. Contact him at tbooker@wdt.net or 661-2371.

People on the Move – January 2013

Earns advisor credentials

Yelle

Steve Yelle of the Northwestern Mutual Greater Watertown Group has earned his chartered advisor for senior living designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., an institution that educates and trains professionals in the financial services industry. [Read more…]