By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — RIDGEWAY — Renovations of the Ridgeway Town Hall are complete, an accomplishment the town board noted earlier this week and intends to celebrate later this year.
The board met for the first time in the once-again un-cramped boardroom Tuesday, with improvements surrounding the meeting.
Town Supervisor Brian Napoli remarked on the new windows, carpets, doors and a fresh coat of paint on walls and ceiling in welcoming residents to the ‘new’ town hall.
”There’s a lot of things that hadn’t been done since 1979,” Napoli said. “It’s much cleaner and more organized.”
Ridgeway-based Horizon Builders have overhauled the town offices in recent months, with large-scale improvements to the town clerk’s office necessitating an encampment in the town boardroom.
”It’s a credit to the department heads who had to put up with the noise and dust,” Councilwoman Mary Woodruff said. “(Horizon Builders) appreciated their tolerance.”
The renovation also unearthed a slew of outdated office equipment, including keyboards, computer mice, calculators and a broken camera. A motion to declare the junk as surplus was quickly approved.
Woodruff said plans are underway for a joint Open House-Bicentennial Celebration in the late spring or early summer.
• A public hearing has been scheduled for Water District No. 12, which would include properties on Angling and Ramshaw roads and a few other nearby properties, to take place at the board’s March 18 meeting.
The town has been invited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to submit a final application for the project, which the board did Tuesday. Napoli said the 1.85 percent interest rate from the expected USDA loan would ease the payment of the project.
“Interest rates are very low, it’s almost like they’re giving money away,” Napoli noted.
The board also approved refunding, in a manner similar to the refinancing of a home loan, the bond for Water District No. 4. Napoli said the move would lower the debt service on the district.
• Napoli said a meeting between the town, Time Warner Cable, state Sen. George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley laid out the realities of bringing broadband internet to rural parts of the town.
“(Time Warner) knows where they need to extend the system and is willing to work with us,” said Napoli, who noted that he told the communications giant that the town is also pursuing links with Verizon, AT&T and other providers.
• The town passed a resolution in support of the Orleans County Legislature’s call for a repeal of the NY Safe Act. Napoli said the county is requesting it’s towns echo their opposition to the gun control act passed by the state legislature last month.