JAY Theres plenty to celebrate in the town of Jay as three dedication ceremonies will mark the end of two decades of controversy.
On Sunday, Oct. 14, the town of Jay will host ribbon-cutting dedications of the Essex County Emergency Services Volunteer Memorial Bridge, the Cov- ered Bridge, and Douglas Memorial Park. The event is sponsored by Barton & Loguidice, the engineers and architects of the project.
It took over two decades to complete the $4.3 million project to replace the old covered bridge, a project that sparked controversy within the community about where the new bridge should be located.
We hear no complaints about the end results. People may differ with their opinions of where the new bridge should have gone, but at this point I think the community has come together, said Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas.
The current town of Jay board and Jay DPW Director Chris Garrow will perform the ribbon cutting for the new covered bridge, marking its opening to pedestrians and cyclists. The original covered bridge, built in 1857, was the oldest covered bridge in New York State.
Au Sable Forks Fire Chief Chris Thwaits, Jay Fire Chief Glenn Williams, Upper Jay Fire Chief John Devlin, Au Sable Forks Volunteer Ambulance Chief Lee Torrance and Essex County Emergency Services Director Raymond Thatcher will cut the ribbon dedicating the Essex County Emergency Services Volunteer Memorial Bridge. The bridge was named in honor of all volunteer emergency service personnel who have served and continue to serve the town of Jay and Essex County. Representatives from every Essex County volunteer fire and ambulance corps have been invited.
Douglas Memorial Park will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting by family members of Arthur J. Douglas and Thomas A. Douglas, commemorating the service of these two past supervisors. The decision to recognize them was made in 2002, before third-generation supervisor Randall Douglas was elected to office.