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April 27, 2014

Malone officials endorse school's plan to get rid of eyesores

MALONE — Residents have two more chances to learn details about Malone Central School District’s plans to upgrade its transportation facility and demolish old buildings nearby.

Officials say, depending on assessments, the entire $15.9 million project will cost each property owner between 5 and 45 cents in additional taxes a year for 20 years, beginning in 2017.

Public-information sessions have been set for Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, May 13.

Voting on the construction project and annual budget will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the high-school gymnasium lobby.

ROUSING ENDORSEMENT

Superintendent Jerry Griffin and Business Administrator Timothy Whipple gave Town Council members an overview recently and received a rousing endorsement of the district’s plans.

What was especially pleasing to Councilor Mary Scharf was the district’s willingness to allow the town to use the new facility’s washing station to help it prolong the life of its costly road equipment and vehicles, even though plans for the town to partner with Malone Central had fallen through.

Griffin outlined the two simultaneous projects, one of which would spend $9.5 million to upgrade the existing bus garage, which “is in dire need of improvement.”

He said roof-support beams are rusting out, heating systems are inefficient, and bus capacity is stretched to its limit.

Upgrades would convert heating to natural gas, via the pipeline that Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas is building; add the bus-washing station; improve bus lifts; demolish much of the bus-service bays; reconfigure the bus-storage area; and add parking.

DILAPIDATED STRUCTURES

The other project, set at $6.5 million, would demolish buildings that formerly housed a state school for the deaf and North Country Community College.

Once the land is cleared, it would be converted into a full-size soccer field along College Avenue, with a paved parking lot at the corner of Willow Street.

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