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Homer Village Board Rejects Move, Looks to Build New Office

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The Homer Village Board of Trustees has voted to discontinue talks with the Homer Town Board about a return to the Town Hall and instead will look at building new village offices.

In a 3 to 1 vote last night, the village board decided to pursue other options for office space including construction of a new building.

Trustee Gene Smith proposed the village spend up to $210 thousand dollars and build a new office building on the site of existing basketball courts behind the current village office on Main Street. Smith’s plan calls for a single story building with offices and meeting space. The budget does not include costs of new basketball courts.

Trustee Kevin Slack was the lone dissenting vote, Slack favors a return to the town hall.

The decision to end talks about a return to the town building comes after the town board rejected another round of environmental and air quality testing of the facility. The town recived a $5,300 dollar quote to test. Some board members felt that was too costly after the building already tested clean.

The village has over $200 thousand dollars in a reserve fund for a building project. The project would be subject to permissive referendum. Village Mayor Genevieve Suits said last night there is no time line for a building project.

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