I am all for seniors having a place for their functions and meetings, but at what cost? We spend more on seniors than on any other age group in our town, just look at the numbers from the budget. Yes it would be nice to have a new facility but we all need to be responsible stewards of the town’s tax resources. A few guys in a room shouldn’t decide on major projects like the proposed Senior Center. It didn’t even come before the town’s own planning board until action was taken to force a public permissive referendum (Aug. 12). Only then was it shown to the town’s planning board.
The original land, purchased years back, on Waverly Street should have also been part of this project. In addition, there should have been consideration for reuse of current buildings within the village Main Street area, where there are lots of empty buildings close to town and village offices. This project has been rushed from the get go and didn’t involve the proper personnel nor input from the community. Items that have been overlooked and or undervalued will cause additional moneys to be spent on this project; like furnishings and staff to run center.
I spoke with a village trustee and they informed me that the village “doesn’t want the Senior Center out on Waverly Street.” We already have a town hall community room that is underutilized and the fire hall currently provides an area for the seniors to operate from. Consolidation of services and buildings should be the focus as the State of New York will require a 1 percent reduction plan in 2016 as noted by Councilman Salzler, counter intuitive you might say. I think we need to assess the real needs of the community and spur commerce within the village Main Street area instead of adding additional structures that need to be maintained, heated/cooled and paid for over 30 year period.