Lewis Lanes Deal In Doubt

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Just hours after Monday's vote to buy Lewis Lanes, questions began to surface. 

Now one Lewis County legislator says he has the votes to rescind the purchase at next Tuesday's meeting.

"It sounded all sweet and good," said Paul Stanford (D. - District 6).

Stanford supported the purchase on Monday, an irony not lost on his opponent in Tuesday's election.

"I want the people to know that Mr. Stanford made the motion and that John Boyd made the second," said Andrea Moroughan, Stanford's challenger.

Legislature Chairman Mike Tabolt is defending the deal's secrecy and haste.

He says county staff looked at the building and said it was okay and the building was appraised.

"If there was enough legislators that were opposed to this at the start, they had every right to table it," said Tabolt.

But why the rush?

"Why were we going to do in five days what the previous project we were looking to do took us six years of planning," said Legislator Rick Lucas (R. - District 8).

One lawmaker says it was to protect the owner of lewis lanes in case it fell through.

"That the minute it was out that it was offered, it was going to affect his business going forward," said Legislator Craig Brennan (R. - District 3).

But there is a signed contract.

"If any party attempts to walk away from a contract, there are potential consequences," said county Attorney Rich Graham.

"If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. that can be discussed on Tuesday," said Stanford.

Stay tuned for Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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