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Thousand Islands Bridge Authority approves repairs to Boldt Castle tower, water study

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — Major repairs will take place at the Cistern Tower of Boldt Castle, with the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority approving $500,000 in spending Thursday for the work.

Robert G. Horr III, the authority’s executive director, said that the project was necessary due to wear and tear in the tower.

“Now we’re getting to the point where we’re getting roof leaks,” he said.

The board had never done any work at the tower since it took over the castle in the late 1970s, Mr. Horr said.

“It’s a big deal,” he said.

The work, to be done by Lupini Construction Inc., will include repointing the structure, repairing the roof, fixing the tower’s decorative masonry and replacing its windows.

Mr. Horr added the board likely will commit an additional $370,000 next year to complete the repair project, bringing the estimated cost of the work to about $870,000.

The authority on Thursday also approved a feasibility study for it to provide water to the towns of Orleans and Alexandria.

Mr. Horr said the study had been discussed by the authority and the two municipalities for a long time, and was necessary as the two municipalities deal with supply and quality issues.

“What they’ve said is if the municipal system comes available, we need to work on it,” he said.

He said the authority operates two water plants, one for the U.S. and Canadian customs and duty-free operations on Wellesley Island and another to supply water to Heart Island.

“We are in the water-making business,” Mr. Horr said. “It’s not too far out of our reach to go out and provide the water to the municipalities.”

The study is expected to take between six and eight weeks, preferably completed by the authority’s June meeting.

The authority’s board also announced the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Timerman. Replacing him will be Timothy Sturick, who previously worked at Carthage Area Hospital. Mr. Horr said 40 candidates for the job applied to the board earlier this year.

“I think he’s going to bring a lot to the authority,” he said.

Mr. Horr said hires such as Mr. Sturick’s are important because the board projects multiple retirements over the next few years.

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