Town hall getting a facelift

CHAZY - Chazy Town Hall is getting a makeover.

According to Chazy Town Supervisor Staub G. Spiegel, the town is investing approximately $15,000 into various interior improvements at its offices on State Route 9. New paint, carpeting, furniture and lighting fixtures are among the improvements that have begun to be made in recent weeks in order to give the building a more modern and inviting appearance, said the supervisor.

"We're basically taking the town office as it is and doing a lot of updates," said Spiegel. "I don't think anything's been done like this in the last 20 years. It's going to look newer, cleaner, more professional."

The improvements aren't anything drastic, said Spiegel, but consist of "more cosmetic" changes that will welcome residents and those stopping in from out-of-town. The most recent changes have been a renovation of the town meeting room and town justice court. The entryway to the town office is expected to be spruced up as well.

The decision to give the building a facelift has been a topic of discussion for some time, said Spiegel. The council weighed the options of constructing a new building and replacing previous additions that were made to the existing building before ultimately deciding on making the improvements for a fraction of the cost of either, he said.

"We just felt that with the economy the way it is, it's probably best to sit tight for a while," said Spiegel. "It's not the best time to being doing construction of a new building. So, we decided if we're going to be here for a while, let's at least improve our working atmosphere and make it more eye-appealing to the public when they come in."

The best part about the improvements, said Spiegel, is the town is utilizing its own employees to perform the majority of the work, including the town code enforcement officer and members of the board.

"Everyone's been helping out so we can save on labor costs," said Spiegel. "The majority of the work has been done in-house except installing the carpet. That saves thousands of dollars."

Spiegel said he anticipates the work to be done within the next five to six weeks.

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