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Marcellus Town Hall: Now what?

When the Town of Marcellus overwhelmingly voted down the $3.2 million renovation and building project last week 700 to 269, Supervisor Dan Ross said optimistically it was time to look at Plan B.

The Town Board met Thursday, two days after the vote, for their monthly work session, where that secondary plan was on the agenda.

Ross said the board was ready to move on to prioritizing the necessities and luxuries of the vetoed project into short- and long-term goals.

"We'll begin to prioritize what needs to be done to repair the building and correct the issues cited by the Department of Labor," Ross said in an e-mail. "We'll determine what we can do with current operating funds and look for grant money. We'll deal with the space issues in a long-term plan."

Among those repairs slated for short-term attention are added exits from the second floor.

Right under their nose

Village of Marcellus Mayor Mike Plochocki said the village's purchase of the old library on Slocombe Avenue could lead to a less expensive possibility for both village and town to update facilities.

Town Councilor Bernie Montgomery said Thursday April 2 that he had not been informed of this option by the village.

"There's a lot of chit-chat on the street," Montgomery said of rumors circulating about the old library and Town Hall. But the village had never approached the town board with such an option, he said.

Though neither the town nor village has expressed interest in pursuing the option further, Plochocki said preliminary plans have been developed to determine whether the old library building presents a realistic opportunity for conversion into a new town hall.

Plochocki agreed to speak about the potential project, but emphasized that the village is considering other plans for the old library building, while the town is exploring several options for the much-needed renovations to Town Hall.

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