Potsdam Officials Move Into New Town Hall


Potsdam Assessor Jim Snyder spent the morning unpacking files and settling into his office inside the new single-story town hall at 18 Elm Street.

He says being in the building will provide residents with more privacy in conducting town business.
"It's going to be a lot better. Whenever people come in, they want their privacy," he said.

Faced with numerous deficiencies and lack of adequate space in its 150 year old Market Street building, town officials decided to move forward with a new building.

The effort was delayed somewhat after a previous plan for a new combined town hall-court building was rejected by taxpayers in a 2008 referendum.

The town then opted to build the new $1.8 million office building and renovate the old town hall for stand alone courthouse.
It only took town highway workers a few hours to relocate filing cabinets, furniture and crates of equipment from the temporary quarters being used since last February into the new permanent quarters down the street.

Town Clerk Cindy Goliber says the new building will fit the community's needs, complete with a kitchen and large meeting room.
"I already have two bookings; one for training sessions and one for AAUW," she said.
Town officials say they expect the telephones and computers to be connected and operational by Monday at the latest.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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