MASSENA- Town officials have a to-do list of repairs and updates to municipal buildings, but havent yet decided if and how to fund them.
The Massena Town Hall front facade and steps are deteriorating and need to be repaired. Town barn updates need to happen soon to keep the building functional, Highway Superintendent Frank Diagostino said. And additional security measures may be put installed at those buildings.
If were going to do this, we need to decide what were going to do and how much were going to bond for, Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said.
Mr. Gray said the improvements and repairs will be necessary.
Were not talking extravagance. Were not talking about building anything new. Were talking about maintenance and improvement, Mr. Gray added. When chunks of the facade have fallen down and could hit somebody, weve got to do something about that sooner rather than later ... I just dont think you have a choice.
A piece of stone fell off the building last year and hit the bill drop box, near where Bookkeeper Nancy Fregoe was standing. Officials said the grout holding the stones together needs to be replaced.
Mr. Diagostino urged the board to act soon on town barn improvements.
The roof leaks, the floors bad. The break area is a mess, he said. If youre going to keep the building, were going to have to do something to it before it falls down.
The town has a responsibility to make the improvements, Deputy Supervisor Albert N. Nicola said. The town board had a similar discussion on building improvements last summer.
Youve got buildings. Youve got infrastructure, he said. You just dont let them deteriorate.
Mr. Nicola said the projects are moving forward.
Weve identified the projects. Weve prioritized the projects ... If we dont have the money, were going to have to bond, he said.
Three different engineering companies are providing the town with cost estimates on a project by project basis, Mr. Nicola said.
Weve got to wait until these people respond back to us, he said.
Mr. Nicola said the town should be able to borrow for the projects.
I dont think were near our debt ceiling, he said.
Town board members said they would need to review project cost estimates before proceeding any further with the repairs.
Councilman Charles A. Raiti pointed out repairing or replacing the aging town barn was a recurring topic.
Weve been talking about doing something with that for a long time, Mr. Raiti said.