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Decision on Cavalcade expected Friday

Business leaders at Friday's meeting continued to support saving the building, which features a steel superstructure and a solid concrete pad, which would cost far more at a later date to replace. They've also contended that while renovation is now legally viable, changing environmental statutes might block new construction on the site.

The business leaders talked about collectively raising money to pay for its rehabilitation if a legal leasing arrangement could be worked out with the town, the county and the village who are joint tenants on the property and own the land along with environmental groups.

When Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover suggested delaying a vote so the county could weigh the new proposals of private investments, tempers flared as Gaslight Ad-Hoc Committee chairman Bill Kenny injected a sarcastic remark and Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley told Kenny he was out of order - and Kenny then responded he didn't think it was his his job to make such a determination.

Talk circulated about whether the town might sue the county and village to block demolition, but McCoy has maintained his board would not support such an option.

But with a grant-funding deadline approaching, and demolition of other structures at the site to begin in about three weeks, the supervisors decided to make a final decision on Friday at a meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m. Their decision will be subject to approval of the full Board of Supervisors Sept. 17.

Bill Kenny quipped the Sept. 10 meeting on the fate of Cavalcade might be contentious.

"I'll bring the Band-Aids, gauze and Mercurochrome, " he said.

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