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Busti Board Approves Move To Tordella’s Pending Sale By 4-1 Vote

February 13, 2014

BUSTI — Busti’s new town hall will not be difficult to find, despite public outcry for continued discussion. The Busti Town Hall at 121 Chautauqua Ave....

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MacKenzie

Feb-15-14 4:13 PM

The Town of Busti had to do something soon because the court is not handicap accessible. This fact alone, leaves the Town open for lawsuits. The opportunity presented itself to sell the current administration building. The town will consolidate the Rec center, court and business offices into one place. All of this will not raise our taxes, which is what everyone has been belly-aching about.

Consolidation of the town and village offices, for the sake of saying you consolidated, in this case would raise our taxes. That move may happen someday, but Busti did the right thing. They had to have a court that complies with Americans with Disabilities Act.

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MacKenzie

Feb-15-14 4:12 PM

The Town of Busti had to do something soon because the court is not handicap accessible. This fact alone, leaves the Town open for lawsuits. The opportunity presented itself to sell the current administration building. The town will consolidate the Rec center, court and business offices into one place. All of this will not raise our taxes, which is what everyone has been belly-aching about.

Consolidation of the town and village offices, for the sake of saying you consolidated, in this case would raise our taxes. That move may happen someday, but Busti did the right thing. They had to have a court that complies with Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Chuck2

Feb-14-14 2:17 PM

Taxes, taxes, taxes

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Bustiparty

Feb-13-14 6:22 PM

Talk about trying to shove something down ones throat, this is it. The board only hurt themselves by making it possible for the petition to get 150 signatures in three minutes.PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THE HALL MOVED.

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Heisenberg

Feb-13-14 2:01 PM

@amazed: There's no way to know what the costs are - the Town did not provide any information other than unverified, handwritten posters that were clearly slanted in favor of what they wanted to do. For example, their proposed solution contained all kinds of grants and tax incentive programs to make it look like the best deal - none of these types of programs or incentives were included in the other options. Furthermore, even if the numbers the town presented were in fact accurate, they were only presented for review 15 minutes before the vote. One of the voting board members hadn't even seen them before that moment. The others admitted to only having seen them via email 24hrs earlier. How can we call that responsible adminstration of public duty? Maybe they are in fact correct, but the residents were only asking that they be given time to investigate the viability of options other than using retail space for government offices.

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amazed

Feb-13-14 11:13 AM

What I'm wondering is wouldn't it be less money spent if they bought the Todella Building? With the money they get from the sale of the building they are in now & some renovations to the new one, it would be less spent than to move into the Caprino building & have to install a sprinkler system, elevator & new court? Kind of seems like a no brainer that moving in with the village would make our taxes increase!

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RetiredWisdom

Feb-13-14 9:34 AM

Askwhy, when you get involved you get the correct answers. The recreation center is 'governed' by the Kiwanis Club because they donated the building and they still control the use and they have said NO court or town or village offices in the building. Mayor Nancy Barger tried and tried and questioned everything in all the meeting last night, including the new code enforcement officer. She knows 3 certified guys that want it - strange that only she knows of them. Where were they are the meeting, Charles Smith announced his retirement at the village board meetings, why didn't Mayor Nancy bring her certified boys to village meetings ... because there are none. Get over it.

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askwhy

Feb-13-14 9:17 AM

Fact is Lakewood Village has more economic clout than town. Town has been able to keep town portion of tax rate down to 1.319 per $1k, because village picks up police which makes up 80% of village budget and costs village residents 7.534 per $1k. Town knows village are suckers picking up most all of the police tab. Meanwhile next door, town of Ellicott residents pay 4.41 per $1k and that budget includes police. To put it in term Hanson will understand, Lakewood is Busti's little cash cow they will milk dry, but make sure to hold the reins, to keep it cheap for them. Lakewood would better served by joining with West Ellicott and forming their own town.

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AsLogicWouldHaveIt

Feb-13-14 8:52 AM

Hey Todd. You had my support last election. Fool me once, shame on you. I won't be fooled twice.

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AsLogicWouldHaveIt

Feb-13-14 8:49 AM

Why do we have two boards, two buildings, two courts etc. etc. etc. Busti and Lakewood are not that big or populated. Keep funding the police and fire departments and merge.

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askwhy

Feb-13-14 8:06 AM

Where is the referendum? I will sign and get you 25 more signatures. Here we have the town running roughshod over village residents wishes once again, lead by farmer Hanson. Clear as day this is a political turf war. The village invested in the community center and now there is a $100k surplus that town wants to abscond with. There is no need to build a new court when the community center can become the court. This is just way for the town to find reasons to spend money. The fact they do not want to shares space with village is for selfish public employee issues. Sell the bank, leave tordella building for private investment on the avenue, and move offices into Caprino building. That simple, don't go making up perceived problems that don't really exist. Tail wagging the dog.

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