Lewis County Might Buy Bowling Alley After All
Lewis County lawmakers decided to buy a bowling alley to turn it into office space.
Then, they changed their minds.
Now, it looks like they might change their minds again.
On October 28, the county agreed to pay $1 million for Lewis Lanes, which is located on Route 26 in the town of Lowville.
On November 5, after public outcry, lawmakers voted to rescind the purchase.
The owners of Lewis Lanes filed a lawsuit accusing the county of breaching the contract.
Now, there's a resolution to repeal the November decision, which, if adopted, will reinstate the contract between the county and the owners of Lewis Lanes.
Lawmakers will be asked to vote on the resolution during the next Board of Legislators meeting set for next Thursday at 5 p.m.
"The Board of Legislators has taken a hard look at all of the circumstances surrounding this transaction and wants to honor the terms of the original contract. The contract specifically allows the board to fully evaluate the building, its value and its potential usefulness to the county. The board wants to see this process completed," said County Attorney Richard Graham in a prepared statement.
According to Graham, the process would include a full review by an architectural/engineering firm of the building space as well as an environmental assessment of the property.
Once lawmakers receive the reports, they would then review the results.
Thursday, August 25, 2016, Watertown, NY
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