To the editor:
I am writing in response to Supervisor Mary Sennett’s request for input into the issue of moving the town government’s business facilities into the truck bays of the old firehouse. I agree that consolidation is a good thing if done in a way that each municipality benefits, and it is planned for previously.
It seems that the mood of some people is that we have a great offer, how can we justify the move?
I would take a different approach. There are good reasons why we should accept the offer but also good reasons why we should not. We should set aside emotions and look at this objectively.
What did the study conducted prior to moving the fire station reveal? Is the building, including the west wall and the ground underneath, stable enough for the long term?
What current infrastructure exists underneath the truck bays?
Does the offer include additional property needed for reasonable expansion?
Is there enough room for town offices, larger meeting rooms and a possibly required expanded court facility?
Will a record storage area currently located in the town hall basement be included?
Would the project remove parking spaces from the downtown area?
Would this project increase traffic in an already congested area?
What does the comprehensive plan committee feel about the project?
Is this the proper location for this type of project?
Is there an alternative or better use for the truck bay area?
Is the current town hall building sufficient for our current and future use?
Would the town be required to fund maintenance cost of the building, parking lot, and landscaping located on the village portion of the property?
Most importantly, does this make good fiscal sense?
What will be the cost of renovation and possible addition?
How much funding beyond the sale of the current town hall building will be required?