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The Elma Town Board informally agreed at a work session Wednesday to hold a public vote May 1 on spending $2.5 million to acquire property for and build a new Town Hall.

If the board formally approves the May 1 date, voting will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at one of the Iroquois Central School District buildings. The $2.5 million includes construction and acquiring land adjoining the town property currently owned by James Wyzkiewicz.

Supervisor Audrey Murdoch said Wyzkiewicz has agreed to sell the land adjoining the current Town Hall property on Rice Road for $93,000. The agreement calls for Wyzkiewicz to move the house that is on the site, fill in the basement and drain the septic system. The additional space is needed for the new hall and parking.

The new facility would be 13,500 to 14,000 square feet, and the town has $700,000 set aside for construction. Murdoch added that after the town's books for 2000 are audited, the town could have another $300,000 available for the project, leaving $1.5 million to be bonded.

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