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The Telegram
  • Parking issues at new town hall concern board

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  • The Frankfort Town Council has some concerns about parking around the 201 Third Ave. building that is being developed as a town hall.
    Councilwoman Darlene Abbatecola said there is no parking allowed on either side of the street by the building. She plans to draft a letter to the village asking for two handicapped parking spaces on Third Avenue near the entrance. While there is a parking lot at the site, it could be difficult for people with mobility problems to walk from the lot to the entrance.
    “It's ridiculous that there's no parking there,” said town Supervisor Joseph Kinney. He said the town would also request parking on one side of the street on Third Avenue and Frankfort Street by the building.
    Kinney also said an issue has just come up with the water service coming into the building. “The engineers are looking at it,” he said.
    Abbatecola said the project is to be substantially complete by Nov. 15 or the contractors will be penalized.
    The Frankfort Town Council awarded contracts totaling $1.4 million for the new town hall project in February and work got under way in the spring. Engineers were looking at a seven-month construction period to convert the building, which was formerly a Catholic school, a Naval Reserve Center and a private call center, to a town hall. The project included installing a new roof, new windows and central air conditioning.
    In other business, the council:
    • Approved town Highway Superintendent Ron Testa's recommendation to accept the resignation of Andy Hunt and hire Dennis Wood in his place. Wood is scheduled to begin work Oct. 21.
    • Authorized Testa to look into options to extend the warranty on the town's new loader.
    • Gave Testa the OK to seek quotes for a chain link fence to go in front of the town's cold storage area. He said there have been problems with items stored there being stolen.
    • Approved the recommendation of Town of Frankfort Police Officer in Charge Jim Getman to increase the wages of Officer Tim Hajec, who has completed his first six months with the department.
    • Heard that Getman expects the department's new Ford Interceptor to arrive within 10 or 12 weeks.
    • Approved the appointment of Attorney Joseph Cirillo to act as prosecutor in town court for zoning and codes violations and other matters.

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