MILTON – The Town Board voted 3-2 Wednesday not to replace carpeting in Town Court, because of more pressing structural problems.
“We need a new court,” said Building and Grounds Supervisor Jason Miller, while Councilman Frank Blaisdell said the money proposed for new carpeting should be spent instead on fixing the roof.
“The roof situation needs to get under control,” agreed Supervisor Dan Lewza, who with Blaisdell and Councilman Scott Ostrander formed the 3-2 majority that rejected spending on a new court carpet.
Miller said the carpet has been steam cleaned twice after a toilet overflowed, and is now in adequate condition. But the town complex at the southwest corner of Geyser Road and Rowland Street has leaky roofs all over its connected parts, including Town Hall, the court and the Highway Department.
The town recently constructed a salt shed at a different site, north on Rowland Street by the northeast corner of Saratoga County Airport. There has been considerable debate about possibly moving the rest of the Highway Department to the same location.
Councilman Benny Zlotnick, chairman of a new ad hoc Facilities Committee, said after the meeting that he expects the town’s ultimate decision will be to relocate the Highway Department by the salt shed, and refurbish and expand Town Hall and the court at their current location. He and Councilwoman Barbara Kerr voted to put new carpeting in the court. Zlotnick said the court is expecting to use grant money to buy new equipment, and it makes sense to put it on a new carpet.
The first Facilities Committee meeting will be held Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. It will be open to the public, but Zlotnick said there is no formal provision for public comment. Lewza said he hopes the committee will deliver its recommendations by the end of May. Planning Board member James Staulters said he has been putting up posters saying “Save Town Hall”.
In other business, the board appointed Tim Brown as town justice to fill the unexpired term of John Mancini, who resigned. The all-Republican board followed the recommendation of the Milton Republican Committee. Brown will take office April 19, the day he retires as a Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy. He will need to run in the November election this year to retain the post.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Meg Soden, a member of the Republican Committee, said town ethics law should not prohibit committee members from holding positions on town boards. Lewza said he agreed, that the provision of law is likely unconstitutional, and that he hopes the board will address the issue this year.
The board voted to pay Boghosian Bros. $14,000, representing an overpayment to Heritage Springs water company passed through the town, and recently repaid by Heritage.
Lewza read a proclamation honoring the Suburban Council champions Ballston Spa wrestling team, including state champion Tyler Barnes.
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