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Stockholm applies for grant for new town offices

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STOCKHOLM - The Stockholm Town Board has approved a plan to apply for a grant to fund a new town hall building.

The plan, organized by Robin McClellan, a member of the Stockholm Economic Development Committee, seeks to utilize a $250,000 grant from the North Country Economic Development Council, to help fund the construction of a town hall building.

If constructed, the building would be the first town offices in New York state that are “net-zero” in energy usage, meaning it averages zero usage in outside power sources, Stockholm Supervisor Clark Decker said.

The planned building would incorporate some type of self-sufficient energy generators, such as solar panels, into its design. The plan calls for a building that will utilize some Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria, but will not be LEED-certified because “LEED is a broad standard not necessarily ideal for a broad community,” Mr. Decker said.

Mr. Decker stressed that the motion, which passed in a unanimous vote, only permits Mr. McClellan to seek grant funding for the planned project.

“We’re not making any decisions at this time toward pursuing a new office or anything else,” Mr. Decker said. “It’s just endorsing (the plan) so he can apply for the grant and so we can figure out what’s available.”

Mr. Decker added that if the plan does not receive the grant funding, it will not move forward.

Town officials were not able to provide specifics on where the new town offices may be located, or when the plan may move forward if it does in fact receive the necessary NCEDC grant.

“At this point there is no design; it’s only a concept,” Mr. Decker said.

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