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Westport 7-24-10

Here's the latest in the ongoing saga of the municipal building project Westport voters narrowly rejected in June. I wrote a few weeks ago the town board, following the recommendation of the committee tasked with planning the project, intended to put the same plan back up for another vote in September.

That may no longer be the case. The committee met again July 12, when two residents put forward an alternative plan they said would allow separate structures for each entity - fire house, town shed, renovated town hall, school bus garage - for less than $2 million total.

Supervisor Dan Connell told me it's uncertain where we go from here. The committee will meet again Tuesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. in the town hall, followed by the regular town board meeting at 7 p.m. The plan is to decide whether to go ahead with another vote on the original project. The two residents with the alternative plan have now joined the committee, so their input will be part of the picture. The public is welcome at these meetings. Though I can't attend them, I'll try to keep you posted.

The second annual Westport Central School alumni picnic will be held at Lee Park Friday, July 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. Alumni, friends and family are encouraged to bring a dish to pass in addition to chairs and pictures to share. More than two dozen alumni attended last year and many more are expected this year.

And Saturday, July 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. Ballard Park is hosting its annual fundraising event, which provides the funds necessary to maintain the park's splendor for all to enjoy. This year's theme is "Bring-Back-the-Beach Party." Over the years, the beach bank has eroded and Ballard Park's next major project is to stabilize the bank and rejuvenate the beach area. Please help bring it back. For information, call 962-8220.

Finally, be sure to visit the exciting new Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.westportny.com, where you're invited to tell your Westport story.

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