Orleans, Lowville, other communities to receive funds needed for water projects

Road salt contamination has caused extensive corrosion at Andy Greene’s home in Fishers Landing, as seen here in his basement where he sits behind a corroded pipe on a hot water heater ruined by salt, holding a kitchen faucet he replaces every few years. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Road salt contamination has caused extensive corrosion at Andy Greene’s home in Fishers Landing, as seen here in his basement where he sits behind a corroded pipe on a hot water heater ruined by salt, holding a kitchen faucet he replaces every few years. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Several north country municipalities, including the town of Orleans, are getting millions of dollars in state funding for various water infrastructure projects. [Read more…]

July 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Top real estate questions and answers

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

I recently spoke to the Watertown Rotary Club about a number of real estate issues, including housing statistics and took questions from those assembled.

Is cash is king?

There is an expression that “cash is king.” However, is that true in real estate? During my talk I noted that cash transactions normally make up about 25 percent of residential sale transactions nationally. For 2016 so far, 35.7 percent are cash. Locally, this year Jefferson County cash sales have accounted for 33.3 percent of residential sales (22 percent in 2015), 35 percent in Lewis County (26 percent in 2015), and 25.8 percent in St. Lawrence (22.6 percent in 2015). While St. Lawrence County as not followed the national trend, why have Jefferson and Lewis counties? Looking at the median price — the price where half the prices are lower and half higher — the cash sale median is $50,000 while the median for non-cash properties is $140,000. Many of the cash sales were due to foreclosure. In fact, about 55 percent of the residential listings that sold for $50,000 or less were foreclosure sales. [Read more…]

Tru North Pizza ‘90 percent ready’ to reopen

Scott P. McKeever, owner of Tru North Pizza, bakes a breakfast pizza Saturday morning. Mr. McKeever said Tru North is about 90 percent ready to open once again. Photo by Jake Newman, Watertown Daily Times.

Scott P. McKeever, owner of Tru North Pizza, bakes a breakfast pizza Saturday morning. Mr. McKeever said Tru North is about 90 percent ready to open once again. Photo by Jake Newman, Watertown Daily Times.

After nearly a decade, Tru North Pizza will once again be serving their renowned pizza to the north country. [Read more…]

Fort Drum session spreads awareness of agriculture industry to soldiers

As a small handful of soldiers listened to a pitch about getting into agriculture, organizers said their military service could make them the right fit to build the industry’s future. [Read more…]

Ogdensburg B.A.S.S. federation tournament expected to boost economy

The city is preparing for a major bass fishing tournament next month that is expected to draw as many as 160 anglers and pump tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy, according to organizers. [Read more…]

May 2016 Real Estate: Top Transactions

The following property sales were recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office during the month of March:

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April 2016: Small Business Success

Resources for small business funding

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

In our local area, there are several different avenues a business owner can use to fund a start-up or growing small business. I touched on a few resources in a previous column, but there are several others you might want to be aware of. Depending on the needs of the business, the type of business and the size of the project, one funding resource might be better than another. At the Small Business Development Center, we can help direct business owners to the best fit for a project. [Read more…]

March 2016 Cover Story: Women in Public Service

Women answer the call for public service

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

From county and city managers to district attorneys, an assistant
attorney general, state lawmakers and the youngest woman ever
elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, north country women have blazed a progressive — and impressive — trail in public service.

By Norah Machia | Photos By Justin Sorensen

There are many women in the north country who provide invaluable leadership in the public sector as a result of their strategic skills, energy, knowledge and commitment. [Read more…]

JCIDA chief: $15-an-hour proposal could drive ‘handful’ of area businesses out of state

A handful of area businesses “across the gamut of sizes and sectors” say they’d consider moving out of New York if the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal materializes, according to the chief of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. [Read more…]

Orleans supervisor to Russell: Get facts straight on water project

Town Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick stands outside the state Department of Transportation’s salt-storage barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Town officials say a funding gap of about $2.3 million in grant funding needs to be filled to break ground on a $12.3 million project, which is needed to address widespread groundwater contamination reportedly caused by the storage barn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Town Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick stands outside the state Department of Transportation’s salt-storage barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Town officials say a funding gap of about $2.3 million in grant funding needs to be filled to break ground on a $12.3 million project, which is needed to address widespread groundwater contamination reportedly caused by the storage barn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

COLLINS LANDING — Though state Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has complained the “goal post keeps moving” on the cost of an Orleans water project to address salt contamination, the town supervisor says the legislator hasn’t taken the time to understand the facts. [Read more…]