As the Village of Homer weighs spending thousands to build a new village office complex the Town of Homer is considering spending money to renovate the interior of the Town Hall Building.
After years of sitting idle following the villages decision to move out amid air quality and health concerns, the Homer Town board is looking to renovate the former village offices and create more space.
Last night town councilman Barry Warren outlined a proposed floor plan that calls for the removal of walls between the former village and town offices. The project would include the installation of a new service counter for clerks to serve the public.
Offices would be reconfigured to create space for the town assessor and his staff. Homer, Cortland, and Virgil now share assessing services, which are all housed in Homer.
Other improvements would include new carpets and ceiling tiles. Warren says he prefers remodeling over continued environmental testing of the building. Previous air quality tests have found the building to be safe.
The village moved out after employees complained they were sickened by the air in the building which also houses a county senior center and the Town Court.
The cost of the renovation is expected to be between $10 and $15 thousand dollars. Costs for a new village office are unknown as the committee tasked with designing the new building has yet to finalize the plans.
Town Hall renovations, if approved, could move forward this fall.