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POTSDAM — A television show hosted by ’70s football legend Terry Bradshaw has expressed interest in shooting an episode about Potsdam, but it is asking $20,000 to do so.

During a town board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Supervisor Marie C. Regan recounted how she received a call from a representative of “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw,” a syndicated show about economic development in American communities.

After a 20-minute conversation that included plenty of questions about the state of the town, the representative told Mrs. Regan that the show was interested in shooting an episode about Potsdam, but the town would have to provide $20,000.

Mrs. Regan told the board she would investigate to learn more about the show.

“We are not about to cut a check,” she said.

Mrs. Regan also defended the construction of a new $1.8 million town hall at 18 Elm St. during Tuesday’s meeting.

Protesters erected a banner at the construction site last week, which has since been taken down. The banner referred to a 2008 referendum, in which voters rejected a plan to build a $3.2 million combined town hall and town court, which would have been funded partially by bonds from taxpayers.

“I’d like to make it clear that this project is not the same as the one that was turned down in 2008,” Mrs. Regan said.

Residents were worried that the proposed town hall would raise their taxes, and that it would leave a vacancy at the town hall’s former location, 35 Market St.

Under the current plan, the town court will remain at 35 Market St., after a $600,000 renovation. Other town offices will move to a new one-story building at 18 Elm St.

Construction on the new town hall began last week.

“We’re not leaving a hole on Market Street. We’re right across from the Civic Center. We’re not asking for public bond,” Mrs. Regan said.

The new building will be paid for entirely through a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy, now Brascan Hydro. This money can be used only for capital projects.

A lack of space, a leaky roof and falling tiles at the former location made a major renovation and a new building necessary, according to Mrs. Regan.

The new town hall is slated for completion by Nov. 30.

In other business, the board voted 4-0 to approve the appointment of a new part-time code enforcement technician, after meeting briefly in executive session. Councilwoman Rosemaria Rivezzi was not present.

Michael D. Boysuk will begin work today. He was hired at $14.10 an hour, and will work 15 hours a week. His primary responsibility will be inspecting rental properties and other buildings.

Mr. Boysuk was the only candidate who met the civil service eligibility requirements, Mrs. Regan said. He works full time as a fire marshal at Fort Drum.

The board also voted unanimously to create a town code of ethics. A three-person ethics board of community volunteers will be created to investigate any ethical complaints regarding the town.

The town also accepted bids for the removal of asbestos from 35 Market St., the former town hall that is being renovated to house the town court. Op-Tech Environmental Services, Massena, will be paid $10,035 to remove asbestos found in floor tiles at the site. D.G. Cole, Theresa, will be paid $3,575 to monitor air quality during the removal.

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