Casino Island repairs set for this fall

marcus wolf/watertown daily timesWorkers gated off the northern tip of Casino Island in Alexandria Bay last year after the high water levels of the St. Lawrence River in 2017 caused sinkholes and damaged the seawall.

ALEXANDRIA BAY — A Norwood contractor will repair the worn and cracked portions of the seawall on Casino Island and other damages wrought by the 2017 high water levels this fall.

The Village Board of Trustees awarded the contract Tuesday night to TJ Fiacco Construction, which offered the lowest bid of five firms at $366,100, said Trustee Judith V. Fulmer. Construction to remedy the island across from Scenic View Park will include replacing damaged stonework, installing new pipes to improve drainage and removing a few trees, including two dead ones. Mayor Steven E. Jarvis said several families have approached the village offering to donate trees and benches.

“It’s nice that we’ll finally have the island stone work finished and back to beautiful condition and open to the public like it should be,” he said.

Workers gated off the northern tip of the island last year due to extensive damage from the 2017 high waters, but they were also able to fill several sinkholes from that summer, Mr. Jarvis said.

The village previously secured a $558,000 state Community Development Block Grant for repairs to the island and sent out a request for offers from contractors last year. Mr. Jarvis, however, said officials submitted their request too late, and failed to secure any bids. The board issued its new request in February, allowing it to attract offers from five firms.

The mayor said he hopes repairs will be completed by the end of November.

“It all depends on how the weather is this fall,” he said.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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