Armory lease talks continue

Saturday December 15, 2012

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Town officials tabled a proposed lease agreement and decided to meet again to discuss the terms of the town's tenure in the Hoosick Falls armory under its new ownership.

An agreement with the Hoosick Armory, Youth Center & Community Coalition (HAYC3) was on the agenda and the subject of an executive session during Monday's town board meeting. Following that private session, board member Bruce Patire said the board had not settled on the contract and would look to set up another meeting with the nonprofit to continue negotiating.

Board member Mark Surdam said town officials were interested in having the agreement finalized as early as possible. The proposed agreement is a one-year contract, beginning this past Nov. 1, days after the nonprofit received notification of deed transfer from New York state.

The town of Hoosick has rented its office space at the armory since the mid-1990s, and staff and board members with the nonprofit have previously said the town's place there complements the building's new role as a community center. A statement of support from the town of Hoosick was crucial to the nonprofit's acquisition of the building through a bill in the state Legislature earlier this year. The town's existing footprint includes offices and courtroom space on the first floor, minus the cavernous drill hall, plus miscellaneous office and record space upstairs.

Following elections last month that saw town board member Louis Schmigel and town Attorney Debra Young win new terms to different roles, both were congratulated Monday.

Young told the board it had been a pleasure to serve as town attorney for two years, and said she looked forward to serving the same residents as county judge for the next 10 years. A partner with the Albany law firm Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler, and Young, the Schodack resident will be the first woman ever to sit on the bench in the Rensselaer County Court.

After being elected Nov. 6 to serve as Hoosick highway superintendent for a one-year period, Schmigel sat in the audience Monday after submitting his resignation from the town board, effective Dec. 8. A resolution later in the evening appointed Schmigel to the position for the remainder of the year until his elected term begins Jan. 1. The post will again be up for vote next November for a full four-year term.

An organizational meeting for next year begins at 6:30 p.m. before the regular Jan. 14, 2013, meeting.

To be forwarded onto the Rensselaer County Legislature, a board resolution Monday supported the addition of signage on any possible state highways proclaiming the Hoosick Falls Central School boys football and girls soccer teams "Class C champions." The town resolution will be considered by county legislators, who would then appeal to the state Department of Transportation to install the signs on any state route in town.

The town also filled a vacant planning board seat with Hoosick Falls resident William Hanselman.


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