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Municipal building on agenda

PORT HENRY Town of Moriah and village of Port Henry officials have agreed to discuss the possible construction of a joint municipal-services building. The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the town hall. It will include the Moriah town board, Port Henry village board, Moriah justices, Moriah police and Port Henry firefighters. In February the town of Moriah agreed to a study with the village of Port Henry on the possible construction of a municipal building. Moriah trustees passed a resolution to allow the study after receiving a letter from the Port Henry board. Port Henry is in the process of debating construction of a new fire house in the village. Village trustees would like to consider possible construction of a joint fire house/police station/court/disaster shelter on town-owned land within the village, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. The land in question is the current site of the Moriah police state/court adjacent to the town hall at Park Place. With little comment, Moriah officials OKed the study. Scozzafava said the town could participate in the project or could lease the property to the village if Port Henry decides to construct its own building on the site. A joint project could be beneficial to the town, which is under a directive from the state Office of Court Administration to make improvements to its existing court facility. The Moriah town court does not meet state codes for handicap accessibility, safety or security, Scozzafava said. It needs to be replaced.

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