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The Telegram
  • Frankfort council approves town hall improvement plan

  • The Frankfort Town Council approved a town hall improvement plan Wednesday.

    The proposed $1.715 million plan was passed in a 3 - 2 vote, with Supervisor Joseph Kinney and Councilman Joseph Tamburro casting the no votes.

    Kinney said the plan is not defined.

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  • The Frankfort Town Council approved a town hall improvement plan Wednesday.
    The proposed $1.715 million plan was passed in a 3 - 2 vote, with Supervisor Joseph Kinney and Councilman Joseph Tamburro casting the no votes.
    Kinney said the plan is not defined.
    “Right now the plan does not include equipment or furniture costs, which means the budget could still go up,” he said. “Do we need an upgrade? Yes, but do we need one at the excessive cost of $1.7 million plus? I don’t think so. We have to consider the taxpayers who will have to pay the estimated 25-year bond cost, as well as another 10 to 15 percent raise in the annual tax levy.”
    Kinney added he felt there was too much reconfiguration in the plan. “We proposed to change the building to fit our wants, but I think we should have changed our wants to fit the building,” he said.
    In November 2012, the council consulted with O’Brien & Gere Engineers, of Syracuse, about the needed improvements and a plan was designed to correct the problems at the town hall.
    After reviewing the plan, the council decided to put the project to bid in December.
    Base bid improvements include demolition, office rearrangement, reconfiguration and installation of code requirements and handicap accessibility. O’Brien & Gere also set up alternative improvements which in include replacing the roof, windows, heating and air conditioning unit, boiler and generator.
    Due to the latest state code standards, Kinney said the ceiling tiles within the building must be tested for asbestos before construction can take place.
    “Our engineers determined that previous tile testing was done under the old state standards and the process has changed. Therefore, a sample will be taken and sent for testing,” he said.
    If the test is negative the improvement process will continue as planned, the supervisor said.
    According to Kinney, within the next few weeks the engineers will review the bids and notify the council as to what firms were the lowest and most responsible bidders for the project.
    “Once the contract is awarded, detailed drawings can be developed to execute the plan,” he said.
    A council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 6 to vote on the four contracts needed for the base bid and alternative improvements.
    In addition to the town hall improvement plan, the council had concerns regarding the highway capital plan. The town Highway Department has requested three new snow plows, two medium to heavy duty and one low to medium duty. The cost for the two medium to heavy duty plows would be $250,000 each, said Kinney. “Because of the high cost of the improvement plan the council has decided to table the highway plan pending further review,” he said. “However, the plows are important and eventually they are something we will need in the future.”

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