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Village of Lewiston eyes improvements to meeting room

LEWISTON – Lewiston offices, especially its board meeting room in the historic Red Brick School, are decidedly quaint and historic with few amenities – unless you need a chalkboard.

On Tuesday, the Village Board discussed moving to larger quarters in the front of the building, which once housed the Lewiston Police Department. Mayor Terry C. Collesano said a tenant in the front of the building, across from the clerk’s office, has agreed to move to the back of the building.

While no budget or time frame has been set at this time, trustees agreed unanimously that it is time to both move and update.

“The other room is larger and, being next to the clerk’s office, we thought it would be more convenient to have our offices and boardroom up there,” Collesano said.

But he said modernizing and updating are also part of the discussion.

All agreed that some type of smart screen technology should be part of an update.

Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland said the village also needs to update its sound system and lighting. “We were having a planning board meeting here and nobody could hear in the back,” he said. “If we did have a digital board, architects could come in, plug it in and have it show up on the screen. Everybody could see and hear what’s going on. It just makes a whole lot of sense to me.”

In another matter, board members discussed some of the shortfalls they are facing in raising $8,300 needed for the Fourth of July fireworks display. Trustees discussed shortening the length of the show or cutting back on the finale in order to cut the price.

Although July is a long way away, a proposal for fireworks from Skylighter Fireworks has been received and the company wants half of the funding by April 1st.

Collesano said they usually pay a $1,000 share toward the more than $8,000 price tag with other nearby municipalities, including the Town of Lewiston, Village of Youngstown and Town of Porter, as well as relying on larger business sponsors and smaller donations from members of the community, in order to bring a fireworks display to the village each year. But last year the village had to cover the Town of Porter’s $1,000 share and Porter has indicated it will not participate this year.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the 2015 fireworks can contact the Village of Lewiston at 754-8271 or checks can be sent to the village at 145 N. Fourth St., Lewiston, 14092.

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