The Webster Village Board is moving forward with its plans to turn a former downtown chiropractic office into its new town hall and home for the police department.
The board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 12, and met immediately after the common as a public property committee, where they discussed changes and preliminary additions to their new municipal building plans, which are being developed for future considerations.
Later, the board moved its meeting to the vacant building to examine design plans and possible ways to make everything fit and provide a comfortable and safe place for village staff to conduct business and hold meetings in the along the road.
The new building is located at 7461 Main Street, in Webster’s former chiropractic office, which they purchased last fall for about $ 107,000. According to the town secretary, Debra Doriott-Kuhnly, the village had been devoting money to its annual budget for several years to prepare a new office and police station, with some funds remaining for the next interior and possibly exterior changes.
The board reviewed some of these possible interior changes at the last meeting and appeared to have a way forward, although they plan to meet with their architect in the coming days for information on the proposed changes, which will likely include an entry safe, as well as the removal of several interior walls to make larger spaces for office and police operations.
Currently, the village uses the old Public Works building across the Gandy Dancer Trail to the West for village operations and public works, although they have been using the Webster Community Center for full board meetings. , which has also housed the village police department in the basement. .
Some logistical issues remain and the board is still up in the air over whether to build a garage behind the new town hall to store the squadron’s car, although police chief Stephenie Wedin said he could park his equipment almost anywhere, including the nearby fairgrounds, if needed.
“I’m not picky,” Chief Wedin said with a smile. “I’m coming out of the basement!”
The council has not set a timetable for rebuilding the new town hall, but they hope to move forward as soon as possible once the plans are finalized.
They also plan to use the community center for meetings that can generate a lot of people.
Several aspects of the new building are still unclear, such as issues of servitude with neighboring properties, security for the village secretary and what, if any, they may have to do with property involving utilities.
“None of that comes to fruition,” said trustee Tim Maloney.
In other businesses of the town:
• Village Secretary Debra Doriott-Kuhnly noted several things she learned from a webinar she attended, which included the Public Service Commission, water rates, policies, and other elements. He said the village is not supposed to give credits to residents who have water freezing or broken water lines that are not controlled, but said they can get credits for the use of sewer in this incident. The information was a shock to the board and they briefly discussed the issue, but took no action. They are expected to address the issue later, and also discussed the PSC’s recommendations to increase water rates at an annual rate of 3 percent, in part to alleviate the need for a significant increase in rates at the same time. .
“They believe 3% each year is better than 12% at a time,” Doriott-Kuhnly said. “And they can make us raise the rate.”
The council will also consider recommending an increase in the PSC rate at a future meeting, as the issue was not on the agenda.
• Trustee Tim Maloney said the Library is planning a capital campaign over the coming weeks, marking its 30th anniversary and tenth year in their new home, saying they hope the campaign will allow them to withdraw their ticket, which is still he has about $ 60,000 left for a reward. He said they are also repainting the “thermometer” to raise funds to show the amount of money needed.
• The board considered a request for splitting a lot, although several questions remained related to access roads, access, sewerage and water and whether it needs to be reviewed by the Webster Plan Commission, which has not met in a certain time.
• Maloney also said that Webster’s fire department has a complete list and that they have placed an order for a new bomb truck, adding that the new fire truck will have a pretty relevant color scheme.
“It will be black and orange!” Maloney told the board, noting that Rosenbauer is building the new truck on a Freightliner chassis, which they hope to have before too long, although there have been some delays on several vehicle manufacturing lines in recent months, due to certain shortage of material supply. .
• The village water tower has undergone a thorough renovation and the exterior will be painted in the coming days, now that the temperature is warmer. Village President Jeff Roberts said the interior work is finished and the exterior work should be completed in the coming weeks.
“The new sunfish and the lyrics are on their way,” Roberts assured.
Apparently, there have been some issues with filling fire trucks without the water tower, as they need a single vertical connection, which has made it more difficult and may require them to fill Siren trucks, if necessary. in case of emergency.
• The July 4 celebration is for the village this year and Roberts said there will be a fireworks show, although they have not finished exactly when the exhibition will take place. They don’t want to overlap with any neighboring fireworks show, but the parade is underway on Sunday, July 4th. The village has about $ 8,000 budgeted for fireworks this year, but is still looking for donations to cover all costs.