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Moriah town board comes ‘home’

Meetings move to new court facility

After nearly two decades on the road, Moriah’s town board meetings have returned home. The meetings are now held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the newly-expanded and renovated court building, adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry.

After nearly two decades on the road, Moriah’s town board meetings have returned home. The meetings are now held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the newly-expanded and renovated court building, adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry.

— Champlain Valley Tech students constructed an 864-square-foot addition on the Moriah court, helping the town meet a state mandate and giving the community an updated structure.

New York State had mandated court expansion in Moriah since 2008. Steven Gold of the New York State Office of Court Administration told the Moriah town board in June 2008 its 12x14-foot room that served as Moriah town court was inadequate and needed to be addressed.

The town had plans to erect its own modular building to house its court and police department adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry. That project was shelved when the cost soared. Originally expected to cost about $170,000, estimates for a new court building reached as high as $500,000 because of state regulations and mandates.

Town trustees then considered several short-term solutions to the court situation, before deciding to ask CV Tech to construct an addition.

Scozzafava said the court project, with the help of students, cost the town about $50,000. The project was financed by a grant from the state Office of Court Administration.

This is not the first time CV Tech students have gained experience while helping Moriah residents. They built an entire home as part of a low-income housing project two years ago. They’ve also built the town trash transfer station building and erected an addition on the town water treatment plant that included installation of garage doors.

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