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Moriah mulls move

PORT HENRY Where should the town of Moriah hold its town board meetings?

That question was debated during the Sept. 11 meeting at the Port Henry Knights of Columbus hall.

I strongly recommend the town board change its meetings (place), resident Katherine Lacey said.

Lacey said the Knights of Columbus hall has poor lighting in its parking lot, making it especially difficult for senior citizens who wish to attend meetings.

Supervisor Tom Scozzafava and trustee Paul Salerno acknowledged concern with meeting at the Knights of Columbus, but for a different reason. They wonder about the separation of church and state since the K of C is a Catholic mens organization.

Its been pointed out the entrance to the Knights building contains anti-abortion literature, while state and federal law permits the procedure.

Lacey suggested the town board meet at the school.

Trustee Tony Harvish wondered about the wisdom of that, however, noting school and town issues should be kept separate.

Trustee Richard Carpenter pointed out the potential for conflicting events, since the school hosts so many other activities.

The real reason we meet here is so Tom can walk, joked Carpenter, noting that Scozzafava lives about 100 yards away from the Knights of Columbus.

Trustee Eugene Williams said hes willing to study the matter.

No change will be coming immediately, though. The town has a contract that pays the Knights of Columbus $75 a month for use of its building. That contract is in place throughout 2008.

The Moriah town board has been homeless much of the past decade.

It used to meet at the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry, but crowds overwhelmed the small meeting room there. The board then met at the Mineville Community Building, the former Republic Steel building, until space there was needed by other groups. Following that the board held its meetings at the Moriah fire house, but complaints that the site was too removed led Moriah officials to the Knights of Columbus in Port Henry.

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