Due to these issues, moving out of their current building could be a positive opportunity for the town and the community, Councilor Connie Brace said.
“As I look at this building I see a lot of inefficiencies upstairs, and I can see opportunities. I also see opportunities to return this building to the tax rolls and provide more continuity for retail environment on Jordan Street, that could be advantageous to the community,” Brace said.
Councilor Nancy Murray said that the town has been casually looking for a new location for its offices for years, due to the concerns about accessibility and safety. The board even did a study about eight years ago, under supervisor Phil Tierney, to investigate the possibility of moving into a shared building with the village, though at that time they found it would not be feasible, Muray said.
Brace, who is also an architect, recommended the board first hire a consultant, or enlist a volunteer, to do an assessment of the town’s space needs.
Sennett said that one of the first steps in the process of evaluating the town’s needs and the possibility of moving would be to get public input. She encouraged anyone with thoughts or concerns about the idea of the town moving, to send them to town hall or talk to a town board member.
Bill Pavlus, former town supervisor, provided the board with a written statement and spoke at the meeting to express concerns and skepticism about the town and village moving into the same building.
“What is the estimated cost of remodeling? What do you do with the upper level? Who repairs the flat roof overhead if the village has an easement on solar panels and [sic] create a leak in the flat roof?” Pavlus said in his statement.
At the village board’s Dec. 30 meeting, the trustees discussed the possibility of leasing, or selling, the vacant truck bays if it was determined the village didn’t need the space for storage. Though Sennett was still a trustee for that meeting, she said she did not know about the offer to the town until after she was out of that office.