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County pillars, fair dates discussed in committee

The Old Essex County Courthouse

The Old Essex County Courthouse Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Old Courthouse facelift is now under review.

During the Oct. 15 Department of Public Works committee meeting, Superintendent Anthony LaVigne said that the design work for the needed replacement of several columns at the Old Courthouse and other county buildings had been completed and was undergoing reviews.

“We have the design for the columns and we have submitted them for review and comment because the building is registered as historic,” LaVigne said. “If the parties involved do not have any comments, then we will go straight to bid. If they do, then we will have to work to satisfy those concerns.”

LaVigne said the majority of the work would be done to replace the interior of the columns, which support the roofs of the older buildings that make up the Essex County offices.

Fair Dates

Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell announced that the Essex County Fair would be held at the end of July rather than in the middle of August.

“Fair is going to start July 31 and run through Aug. 4, pending finding a carnival,” Connell said.

The fairgrounds committee chair said that the change was made in order to help attract more people to the fair, placing it on a week when no other fairs were taking place in the area.

“This puts us off the schedule where we were competing with Addison County (Vt.) and Franklin County,” Connell said.

He added that the change was also made to allow all of the youth organizations in the county a chance to visit the fair.

“We would hope because of those dates that we can get all of the county youth commissions to come and attend,” Connell said.

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey said she liked having her youth commission go to the fair.

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