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Henderson moving forward with development of new office building

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HENDERSON — The town is continuing its progress toward the construction of a new municipal building that town officials have said will provide more office and storage space.

“If somebody thinks we don’t need a new building, look around,” said Councilman George H. Aubin, who chairs the town’s New Building Committee.

Among the needs listed in favor of a new building is limited work space, which can create issues when personal information is discussed either in person or over the phone.

“There’s no privacy here,” Mr. Aubin said.

Town officials also have voiced complaints that they do not have any desk space, with many working at the office’s conference table across the room of desks used by Assessor James G. Rounds and Zoning Enforcement Officer Eric C. Sheldon.

The budget for the project is $600,000, funds that have been saved over the last few years’ budgets.

Earlier this month, the Town Council said that the foundation for the new building, to be built at Town Barn Road and County Route 178, was being reviewed. The council also approved a general layout and size of the building by a 4-1 vote.

Supervisor Raymond A. Walker, the lone dissenting vote, said the layout provided few areas for growth in future decades after it is complete.

Floor plans are being developed with G&I Homes, Syracuse. When those are complete, the town will be able to put the project out to bid.

The size of the building is projected to be 60 by 62 feet, or about 3,000 square feet.

The town’s current plan is for the structure to be built elsewhere before being moved up to the town, with a timetable for completion to be set after floor plans are finished.

The town’s current office, also located on Town Barn Road, will remain standing after the new building opens, and will be used solely by the Highway Department.

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