DPOA, organizations will have to obtain vendors for arena

Foundation President Joseph L. Rich was surprised to find out Thursday morning that the Disabled Persons Action Organization will have to get its own concession stand vendor for its May 24 Kenny Rogers concert at the renovated Watertown Municipal Arena. [Read more…]

Council members reject bid for arena concession stand

The city is still without a concessionaire to run the snack bar at the newly renovated Watertown Municipal Arena.

By a 3-1 vote, City Council members on Monday night rejected the only qualified bidder to run the ice rink’s concession stand after deciding a $350-a-month bid from Maggie’s on the River was too low. [Read more…]

Two vendors submit bids for Watertown arena’s concession stand

Two companies have come forward to operate the concession stand in the newly-renovated Watertown Municipal Arena when bids were opened Thursday morning. [Read more…]

September 2015 Business Scene

Jefferson Leadership Institute Reunion at Maggie’s on the River

The Greater-Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Jefferson Leadership Reunion at Maggie’s On the River on Aug. 12.

10th Mountain Division Monument groundbreaking at Thompson Park

A groundbreaking for the North Country Honors the Mountain monument was held Aug. 12 in Thompson Park’s Tower Square, Watertown.

Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Braman’s Block

Habitat hosted the Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce August Business After Hours at its Carthage Habitat build — Braman’s Block — on Aug. 19.

GWNC Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Ramada Inn

The Ramada Inn, Watertown, hosted the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce August Business After Hours on Aug. 20.

St. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight at Fobare’s Fruits

Fobare’s Fruits, Rensselaer Falls, hosted the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce August Business Spotlight on Aug. 25.

Work on deck at Maggie’s nearly complete after city’s hand was forced

Workers should wrap up the repairs on the flood-damaged deck at Maggie’s on the River later this week.

Work began last week, despite City Council members’ previous threat not to spend another dime on the controversial deck overlooking the Black River. They suggested in September that the owners of the Newell Street bar and restaurant pay for the repairs.

But council members apparently were forced to change their minds.

Last week, city officials confirmed that the city’s Code Enforcement office notified City Council that the unsafe deck must either be torn down or repaired. It would have cost more to demolish it, they said.

The city hired a Gouverneur company, Acts II, for $34,175 to fix the deck without letting the public know.

The city and Maggie’s have a tentative deal for the restaurant owners to pay the city $250 a month, year round, to use about 360 square feet of deck under a license agreement. City Attorney Robert J. Slye said technically the city is not legally leasing it because it involves using municipally owned park facilities.

The state Department of State still needs to give its final OK to the agreement, although the agency has agreed in principle to the deal, Mr. Slye said.

“All we have to do is get state approval,” Mr. Slye said, adding that could still take a while.

The work includes repairing the columns, adding mesh filled with stone and other fill material under the deck as protection and using pins to fasten the columns to river rocks. All of that work is slated to be finished by the end of the week, interim City Engineer Justin Wood said. It is unclear whether a set of stairs leading into the gorge also will be fixed.

The city did not have to go out to bid because the job is less than $35,000, he said.

The city’s engineering office received four contractor quotes on how much it would cost to fix, ranging from $33,300 to $58,700.

The deck was closed in April when water damage to its front columns was discovered.

The publicly owned facility became a source of some controversy after the city paid about $50,000 to construct it as part of Whitewater Park, and Maggie’s asked to use it for its business. State funding also was used.

It then took several years for the state to give permission for Maggie’s to use the deck to serve food and alcohol.

Council members indicated this summer that they had had enough of the matter. They contended that fixing the deck would create further controversy — even as the state Department of State finally gave its preliminary approval this summer for Maggie’s to use the deck.

Critics have said the city should have avoided the issue years ago and has now been put in the position of having to defend itself from accusations that it used state funding to construct a deck for a private business.

Maggie’s co-owner Reginald J. Schweitzer Jr. could not be reached for comment.


By Craig Fox, Times Staff Writer