2 Lawmakers Change Minds About Lewis Lanes Purchase

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The Lewis County Legislature's purchase of Lewis Lanes was approved by the slimmest of margins - a 6 to 4 vote.

But two days after the vote, the tide may be turning.

"It would be a good spot for us. It would be an excellent spot. But there's confusion and misconception out there that gave me some ill feelings, and the people," said Legislator Paul Stanford (D. - District 6).

Stanford voted in favor of the proposal Monday, but now says the deal was put together too quickly.

He's not the only one changing his mind.

"There's only two things that kids can do in Lewis County. One is go to the movies. The other is go to the bowling alley," said Legislator John Boyd (D. - District 4).

But there's one big problem.

The contract has already been signed and backing out now could have major consequences.

The county attorney, who declined to speak on camera, also declined to speculate about the consequences.

Meanwhile, those still in favor of the plan aren't happy with the flip-floppers.

"It's unfortunate. I thought this was the right thing to do. We had a vote taken and the majority suggested that we move ahead," said Legislature Chair Mike Tabolt.

So where does the plan go from here?

Legislators are hoping the county attorney will look for ways out of the contract.

The major out-clause: if the building is appraised for less than the $1 million the county spent for it.

"I'm hoping it gets cleared up at a meeting, but it won't happen until our next board meeting," said Stanford.

That will be on Tuesday.

Friday, August 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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