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Friday, January 15, 2016

We are the champions - my friends…

According to Supervisor Tyksinski at the town board meeting held Wednesday, January 13, 2016, and I quote:

“We are the top town in Oneida County and we work out of the oldest facilities of any town there is here”.

Yeah, we deserve the BEST, those other towns are nowhere near as wonderful as we are, right Pat?!!! ROTFLMAO!

So, to keep ahead of the Jones other towns, the town board is planning to construct a 25,000 sq. ft. facility right behind the New Hartford Public Library. All town offices, police; assessor; town clerk, etc., will be located there except the highway garage, they will remain on Campion Road. However, the Highway Superintendent will be located in the new offices. The Senior Citizens Center will also be moved to the new location.

That’s the plan that Councilman Paul Miscione presented at the town board meeting on behalf of Supervisor Tyksinski. Though Councilman Reynolds has some reservations, he voted ‘aye’, right along with everyone else on the board, to go out to obtain some preliminary costs to build the new Taj Mahal town offices needed to maintain New Hartford’s self-imposed status as top dog.

One question asked was…what is the housing project that is pictured next to the proposed new town building on the preliminary sketch?

Why, of course, it is the housing that was presented to the town board by Attorney Mark Levitt a couple of years ago. According to Supervisor Tyksinski, everyone knows that project is going to eventually be there. Anyone think there might have been some backroom discussions about this whole scenario?

Some of us old-timers might remember back in 2002 when the town board tried to build a town complex at that site. There were too many problems to overcome so the plan was ditched. Some might also remember the last time that Attorney Mark Levitt presented a plan on behalf of a client to build housing behind the library. He withdrew, but said he would return. Well...wait for it...wait for it!

Without further ado, here is the video portion of the town board discussion:

The video of the entire town board meeting will be available on YouTube later tonight.

Oh, by the way, town board meetings are now once a month at 6:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. I guess that time better fits the busy schedules of our elected “leaders”. After all, they are the most important people in Oneida County!

Deja vous, anyone?


Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the $8 million price tag!

New Hartford, NY Online said...

I didn't want to give taxpayers hope that it will ONLY be $8 million. By the time all is said and done, it will probably be between $10-12 million! By the way, this will be paid for by ALL Town of New Hartford taxpayers including those in the village of New York Mills who live in the town.

Anonymous said...

Plenty of room on New Hartford St. And what will be the cost to maintain this building. How many more employees will be needed. Who owns the property? Isn't that a flood zone? What happened to the instant 12/8/840 access the police chief wanted. Who wants a jail/holding cells in their neighborhood. Tell me the land is owned or marketed by a judge..say it isn't so.

New Hartford, NY Online said...

Anonymous #2,

339.007-6-71.1, the property in question (44.16 acres) is owned by CRM Rental Management, Inc., 117 W Liberty St. Rome NY 13440. They bought it from Hogeboom and Canfield sometime within the past year.

CRM Rental is the same corporation that was being represented by Attorney Mark Levitt a couple of years ago because they wanted to build apartments or housing on the property. However, they didn't have the votes on the town board to proceed so they withdrew their application. Now with the bobbleheads on the town board Tyksinski must feel that he can do whatever he wants. Back room deals?