Feedback: Office Space Problems Continue In Lewis County

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How would you like to wait a couple hours in line in the double-wide trailer that serves as the Lewis County Department of Motor Vehicles?

It's not much fun for the customer.

"It's also hard for our employees to give the customer their undivided attention when there's people breathing down their necks, literally," said Doug Hanno, county clerk.

The DMV would have moved into a new county office building, but county lawmakers shot down the project earlier this week.

"And it looks like we might be here a little longer," said Hanno.

The Legislature's vote means the county won't be involved in a $10 million project. but....

"Got to point out that it created a lot of new, small problems," said Mike Tabolt, Legislature chair.

The problem is - several county departments will have to continue to rent space often in crowded conditions.

"Each department that's in a rented building, the rent could end at any time with a sale," said Tabolt.

County leaders may turn their eyes to the Lowville Common, which houses the Board of Elections and the Office for the Aging.

Would the county try to buy it?

"The first thing would be to find out if it's available," said Tabolt.

Even without the new office building, the county will end up spending money on offices.

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Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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