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Pendleton Town Board members are hoping the third time will be the charm as they discuss an architect's plans for renovations of Town Hall at a board meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

In 1995, the board scrapped a $1 million renovation plan as too expensive.

At the beginning of last year, board members had hoped to approve a revised plan, but bids came in at $750,000, still over the town's $600,000 budget.

Robert E. Stark, an architect from Macon, Chaintreuil, Jensen and Stark of Buffalo, has revised the plans again in an effort to keep the project beneath its budget ceiling.

"We have $600,000 set aside (for renovations), and we are not going to go into debt for it. If the board approves it, we will go forward and may set February or March for bids," said Supervisor William A. Boulden.

Boulden said there currently is a shortage of space in Town Hall. The renovation plans would add 3,200 square feet to the building, south of the meeting room.

Former plans to add a basement and renovate existing office space will be pulled out of the updated plans to hold down costs.

Stark told the board last month that new plans would have to be drawn at a cost of $9,000 to $11,000.

"You can't just make the changes without showing them on the prints, because extras and change orders could raise costs," Stark said. "A bidder can just say, 'Oh I didn't know that's what you wanted, unless you can prove it on the print.' "

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