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Ross, councilors agree: Former library not fit for town offices

Members of the Marcellus Town Hall and Marcellus Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall to discuss Village Mayor Mike Plochocki's proposal to renovate the old library building into a new Town Hall facility.

Plochocki's statements last week that the old library on Slocombe Avenue, now owned by the village, could be converted into an adequate Town Hall for just $750,000 came directly after residents rejected the Town Board's plan for a renovation and addition to the current facility and left the board rushing to bring the building up to code before the May 15 deadline.

But Plochocki's suggestion missed the point, the board argued, particularly the goal of finding a long-term solution to the town's needs.

"Why would we get ourselves into renovating something in as bad a shape as what we've got?" Councilor Bernie Montgomery said. "On top of that, I think that building's smaller than what we're in now."

Supervisor Dan Ross shared the same concerns.

"I don't need a building, I have a building. If we want to fix a building, we'll fix this one," Ross said.

Ross said he had previously told Plochocki the town was not interested in the old library because it was not big enough and not in good condition - two problems the board faces now with the current facility.

Other issues

Board members Tom Lathrop, Bernie Montgomery and Don Sherman all said Plochocki's proposal to renovate the old library was news to them, though Plochocki had indicated that he had discussed the possibility with the town.

Montgomery said he had heard rumors that the idea was being discussed, but that it had never actually been presented to him by village officials or even discussed by the board.

Plochocki said he has met with Ross on two occasions to discuss the option.

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