Ausable purchases Wayne Clark building

Ausable Supervisor Sandy Senecal.

Ausable Supervisor Sandy Senecal. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The town of Ausable will be consolidating its highway and town offices into one building.

The town board voted April 17 to authorize the purchase of the building currently owned by Wayne Clark on Route 9 to renovate and use as the new town highway garage and municipal offices for a price tag of $630,000.

“We have entered into a contract with Wayne Clark for the property,” Supervisor Sandy Senecal said. “The contract is subject to permissive referendum, so we will wait until May 17 before we get into the bonding discussions.”

Senecal said that the town had been exploring options for a new highway garage, which is currently located on 930 Clintonville Road in Harkness.

“In our investigations, we found that the cost of a new garage would be around $2.2 million,” Senecal said. “The board feels that purchasing this garage would be a significant savings in many ways for the town and the taxpayers.”

Along with already having a building in place that could be renovated to fit the needs of the highway department and town, Senecal said that the town would be able to save money by using municipal water and sewer services.

“There is also an ease of access to the location,” she said.

The town’s offices are currently located at 111 AuSable Street in the village of Keeseville, and Senecal said the board had not even discussed moving those offices before this option was presented.

“That was not something we were thinking of at all before this was presented to us, to consolidate the buildings,” Senecal said. “We are cramped for space, though, so this is a plus.”

The town board vote is subject to a permissive referendum, which can be forced if a petition signed by 10 percent of the registered voters within the town is presented to the board before 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, which offers a 30-day window.

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