2013-04-18 / Letters to the Editor

Town should renovate building, not build one

At the Town Council work session April 15 to review and discuss a new golf course building, it looked like it was already a done deal. We were told by Town Administrator Bruce Keiser that the school bonds will soon be paid off, and to borrow money for the new clubhouse would not add to our tax rate.

I and many other taxpayers have been waiting a long time for these school bonds to be paid off so we would finally get a lower tax rate. But all our town leaders can see now is to borrow and spend more money.

We sat in the renovated Town Hall at this meeting, a building built in the 1800s that now has updated equipment, and that is OK. But to renovate the clubhouse that had been left to fall apart by the town like most of our town buildings is not feasible, according to the Town Council. The town let the 100-year-old office building on Southwest Avenue fall into disrepair, sold the building, and now the new owners are repairing it. Drive by and take a look.

The clubhouse we were told is not safe, the second floor ready to cave in, the roof ready to collapse at the next snowstorm, and without a handicapped toilet it was a total wreck. How many people recall all of the weddings, parties and dances we attended, or eating at the restaurant that filled the whole floor space?

The main structure is still the same, same floor timbers, rafters, sheathing, and was just tested in one of the 10 worst blizzards of the last 100 years. A few years ago we found it safe enough to use the second floor as a temporary Town Hall while the 100-year-old building, with a new addition, was constructed.

I have recently inspected the clubhouse personally and can see no reason why a good architect couldn’t incorporate the existing clubhouse into a handicapped-accessible building without wasting what we have already paid for. But our Town Council is hell-bent on spending, spending, spending.

Not to mention, digging on that site will probably result in a new archeological find for the town and could cost millions over the projected cost.

Don Richardson
Davis Street
Jamestown

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