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New non-profit continuing Civic Center work

Jim King walks through the gym of the former Keeseville Civic Center, which he and a group of residents are looking to renovate and bring back to the community.

Jim King walks through the gym of the former Keeseville Civic Center, which he and a group of residents are looking to renovate and bring back to the community. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— King and Russell added that the committee had sought out the expertise of Eli Schwartzberg, who has been working to renovate the former Willsboro Central School building into senior community housing.

"He passed on a lot of information to us which was very positive," King said.

"We got some great ideas from Eli," Russell added.

Mayor Dale Holderman said that the town of Ausable had also expressed interest in joining the effort to renovate the civic center. He also asked if the option to sell was something that should be looked at more.

"If this is going to be a revenue-generating facility moving forward, do you want to sell it to a non profit organization?" he asked.

"This is what they want to do," Russell said about the not-for-profit committee. "This is what they have spent a lot of time doing. This is what we have been working to bring in funding to do. To not allow us to get on this option like you told us you would do would be a slap in the face. This is something that you promised this committee and something that we have been looking at for the past year."

"I agree, but I have to bring up all open onto the table - that is my job," Holderman replied.

After discussion, the Board of Trustees voted to enter into the agreement with the not-for-profit for the work to be done at the civic center and set up a special account for money that is donated to the village specifically for the civic center project.

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