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Schroon seeking funds for town hall expansion

SCHROON LAKE - The town of Schroon is seeking federal stimulus money for a town hall expansion project.

Supervisor Cathy Moses met last week with Rep. Scott Murphy, seeking his help in securing funds that would allow for expansion of the town court and library.

The project, estimated to cost $3.4 million, is shovel ready, Moses stressed. Architectural plans have been completed.

"Our (building) codes officer is in an alcove, the judge is in a storage area and the library is bursting at the seams," Moses said. "It's a project the community really needs."

But it won't be done at local taxpayer expense.

"The town board has made it crystal clear that in this current economic climate, no matter how important the project is, we will not ask the taxpayers to bare the burden," Moses said. "We're prepared to proceed if we can find grant money. If not, the project will just have to wait."

Moses praised the work of the local Friends of the Library group, which has been raising money for a library expansion.

The Schroon board has investigated several options in its search for greater space. It considered building a separate library, forming a joint library with Schroon Lake Central School and moving the library to another existing building.

"There were serious issues with every alternative," Moses said. "An expansion project is the best, most cost-effective way to proceed."

The architectural plans call for a 7,234 square feet expansion on the east side of the town hall.

The library portion of the project, 3,617 square feet, is estimated to cost $1,646,002.

The remainder of the project, another 3,617 square square feet, is estimated to cost $1,703,124.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is an economic stimulus package enacted by Congress in February.

The act was based largely on proposals made by President Barack Obama and is intended to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the economic downturn. The measures are about worth $787 billion.

The act includes federal tax cuts, expansion of unemployment benefits and other social welfare provisions, and domestic spending in education, health care, and infrastructure.

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