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COST ESCALATES
FOR RENOVATIONS
ON TOWN HALL

It will cost Ellicott about $140,000 more than originally estimated to renovate the town's administration building.

The initial cost to put in an elevator and new bathrooms, and move Town Court downstairs, to make the building completely accessible for disabled people was estimated at $350,000, according to town Supervisor Patrick Tyler. Tyler noted that a committee, headed by Councilman Allen Hendrickson, has been studying the issue.

He said revised figures presented at Wednesday night's Town Board meeting put the cost at $488,000. Tyler said a local contractor and the architectural firm of Habiterra Associates are studying the matter with town officials.

"We're also looking at and meeting with the Village of Falconer to (look) at consolidating our buildings, and . . . have everything in one building -- a one-stop area -- where you can come and visit the town officials and the village officials," he said. "That's all in the beginning stages."

Tyler added Thursday that the town does have other options, such as doing only the elevator project, because the town has three years to bring the building into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition, he said, that kind of access will be necessary for the town to keep the state Department of Environmental Conservation as a tenant. Tyler said that to just put in the elevator would cost between $118,000 and $130,000.

He said if the Town Board approves the project, it would be up for a public referendum in November.

On another matter, the board approved a $42,000 bid from Delacy Ford of Elma to buy two new police cars. Tyler said the town trades in two patrol cars each year.

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