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  • This is a rendering of the proposed treatment of the new Woodbury Municipal Building, which would reuse the steel garage building now in place. The estimated cost would be $4.2 million. An earlier proposal for village and town municipal offices was twice that amount; voters rejected a bond referendum by a 2-1 margin.

There is no disputing that Woodbury needs a new Town and Village Hall.

There are times when we overlook the obvious. This option is one that has an achievable cost associated with creating a new hamlet center and is consistent with the adopted Village Master Plan.

This proposal was previously discussed with Town and Village board members at a joint public meeting on April 24th.

A key element suggests relocating the Woodbury Highway Department functions to another location. This includes the salt shed, fuel storage tanks, outside miscellaneous equipment, unsightly leaf and soil piles, etc.

The existing site could be better utilized by repurposing and transforming the existing building into a Town and Village Hall building of approximately 14,000 square feet (existing footprint).

This structure will contain all the functions that are currently in the existing town hall (8,400 square feet).

This includes an up-to-date court facility that will comply with the State Office of Court Administration, public meeting room, clerk’s office, building, planning and zoning departments, assessor's office, separate town supervisor and village mayor offices, conference rooms, A.D.A. toilet facilities, archival storage, etc., in accordance with the latest New York State Building Code and Energy Conservation Code.

For those that are not familiar with the site, it is an impressive location that offers much. A centralized location adjacent to the existing library and senior center facility, adequate parking with several access points for vehicle traffic and pedestrian use. The Woodbury Historical Society, located nearby, is just a short walk away.

The location has existing underground electrical, sewer, water and natural gas services.

A new sprinkler service will be needed for this change of use. Minimal site disturbance relates to a large savings in tax dollars spent and time needed for this project.

Opportunities abound for landscaping enhancement and improved town and village identity.

An important item to consider in a municipal revitalization project is a visible, familiar and easy to access location. Other site options discussed offer a more obscure or remote location including traffic control lights such as the suggested site near the town police station on State Route 32.

As previously stated, a major plus to consider is the relocation of the Highway Department to a more suitable location. This has been publicly discussed.

Existing town owned land that is appropriate should be assessed. This may offer additional taxpayer savings. The current location is adjacent to a residential neighborhood that is affected by truck traffic, noise, etc. The highway department functions have been constrained because of this location.

A new location should help to improve the day-to day operations and efficiency.

Existing equipment such as overhead doors, motors, blowers, HVAC equipment, gas heaters, interior and exterior lighting, associated electrical panels, are to be assessed for relocation, energy efficiency and life cycle costing.

New equipment may offer lower annual operating costs as is the case with variable speed motors and L.E.D. lighting thereby minimally offsetting relocation costs. Resale of specific items may be an option.

Recently the Governor announced funding for 81 projects that included pedestrian enhancement facilities and new A.D.A. compliant accessible sidewalks. The Village of Monroe was included for $300,000.00 of funding.

There may be other funds, state and federal grants Woodbury can apply for as this project moves forward.

This location has great potential for a revitalization of the hamlet. Of all the options the town and village boards have reviewed this one addresses the location most in need of restoration. It represents a catalyst for growth.

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