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Brasher’s next casino gaming compact check down over 20 percent from previous quarter

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BRASHER FALLS — Brasher officials were notified this week of the amount they would be receiving in their next installment of casino gaming compact funds.

But, Supervisor M. James Dawson said Wednesday, it’s a drop from what they received the previous quarter.

The next check, which will cover from October to December 2013, will be $153,895.98. Officials had received $198,357.78 for the previous quarter.

“It’s down $45,000 from the quarter before. That’s a considerable chunk of change. Revenues (at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort) are falling off,” Mr. Dawson said.

Although he suggested that “New York on three different occasions has made some mathematical miscalculations” in determining how much St. Lawrence County and the towns of Brasher and Massena would receive, he was sure that the figure given to him earlier this week was the final number.

Brasher officials had used $98,949 of the last check to pay for the entire electrical contract for the new highway garage being constructed on County Route 53. That contract had been awarded to Jordstat Construction Inc., Alexandria Bay.

Another portion of those funds, $56,630.78, covered a partial payment for a mechanical contract the town had awarded to Eni Mechanical Inc., Gouverneur, for the project. The total bid from Eni Mechanical Inc. was $262,900.

The town also agreed to spend $23,500 for Benny Gladding’s work as clerk of the works for the project, and an additional $19,278 was earmarked to pay Atlantic Testing Labs for “testing for construction materials, compaction testing and concrete testing using particle-size compaction and compressive-strength tests.”

Town board members passed a resolution on Wednesday to pay Danko Construction Corp., Massena, with the latest check. They had awarded the highway garage general construction contract to Danko Construction, which had bid $1,008,284 on the project.

Mr. Dawson said the resolution will be sent to county officials today. They will forward it on to Empire State Development, which must still approve the expenditure.

Town officials are using casino gaming compact funds for the entire highway garage project. The town had budgeted $1.3 million for the new building, and estimates from Beardsley Design Associates, the town’s architectural and engineering firm, had indicated it could cost from $1.2 million to $1.5 million. After the lowest responsible bids were tallied, the highway garage project came in at $1,436,833.

But Mr. Dawson said it was a project that was worth the money. “It’s going to be there for generations,” he said.

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