Headlines of '09: Marcellus voters turn down new town hall

The following story first appeared in the Eagle Observer in 2009. The impact on the community was so great in that at year's end, we followed up to bring you the latest on the issue.

In March, residents overwhelmingly turned down the $3.2 million plan for a new town hall in Marcellus, leaving the board and town employees with a building in need of repair and no real Plan B.

Aside from a general need for more space, the existing town hall building had been cited for noncompliance by both the Department of Labor and Office of Court Administration for several problems, including a lack of handicap accessibility to the second floor.

In April, the board decided not to explore renovating the old library building on Slocomb Avenue into a town hall. The former library is owned by the village of Marcellus; the mayor and village trustees had suggested the town consider the possibility.

"I don't need a building, I have a building. If we want to fix a building, we'll fix this one," Supervisor Dan Ross said at the time. The board agreed the old library would not be suitable.

And that's exactly what the board has done. Last year the town budgeted money to make the most pertinent repairs, and was allowed a time extension by the state in which to make fixes and satisfy codes.

The process is ongoing. Board members agree that at this point the town is simply maintaining an old building, and bigger action is still needed.

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