Marcellus Town holds final informational meeting on proposed town hall project

In the third round of public presentations for a new town hall, a handful of Marcellus residents joined tow n Supervisor Dan Ross and architect Michael O'Shea of QPK based in Syracuse.

"Most of you know we've been at this for quite a while," Ross said.

O'Shea's presentation, the same one he gave on Nov. 20 at the Marcellus Fire Department, had minimal changes. However, now that public informational meetings are completed, the town board will move forward with the input they have received from the community and decide if they want to take the project to the next stage, a public referendum.

"Hopefully next spring we'll be able to move on to the next stage," Ross said.

Previously, the project proposed to the community was a dual-use facility to accommodate a new town hall and a library. It consisted of tearing down the current town facility to build all new. The public did not approve of demolition of the building, though, and the project fell through.

Now, a new library has been built and the town has need to move forward with their own project. The existing town hall consists of 4,570 square feet that is divided between three floors -- basement, first floor and second floor -- and has received four citations from the New York State Department of Labor, all of which are considered "serious violations," O'Shea said.

The meeting room in the facility also doubles as a courtroom for both the town and village. As a courtroom, the town hall also received an independent report from the Office of Court Administration noting several violations, including but not limited to parking, courthouse entry and exits, lack of elevators, public address system, fire alarms and intrusion alarms, according to O'Shea.

The town and O'Shea reviewed the reports and took into consideration what the advisory committee, headed by Ed Heinrich, had recommended. From there they decided what needed to be done.

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