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April 27, 2014

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

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State aid would pay for the demolition. The district would conduct “surgical” asbestos removal rather than collapsing the entire structures in on themselves, to avoid the expenses of trucking the debris to a far-off specialty landfill.

The dilapidated structures have become targets for vandals and the homeless and have raised concerns about student safety since many kids frequently pass the aging buildings, Griffin said.

“I feel we are the only ones to take those down and reuse the property,” he said.

SOLO PLAN

Harison gymnasium would be brought up to code since it is used by community groups and the school for activities, he said.

Griffin said some residents may have sentimental attachment to the old buildings, “but they are not what they once were.”

The Town and the Village of Malone were initially going to join the school in creating a shared transportation facility.

But when preliminary construction costs showed the town’s share at $2.6 million, the village’s portion at $2.8 million and $5.5 million for the district, the village backed out after learning only the school’s portion would be state-aid eligible.

The town and school continued to work on a shared facility as an addition to the Town Garage, but the Federal Aviation Administration would have required that the district obtain two appraisals and pay the town full-market value for the project’s land.

School officials said that path was too expensive and decided to do a solo plan, using portions of its existing bus garage and related buildings.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

TO LEARN MORE

Public-information sessions on the Malone Central School District plans will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Malone Village Board meeting and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Franklin Academy High School auditorium as part of the annual school-budget public hearing.

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