By David Prenatt
RIPLEY - Ripley Town Council passed two resolutions Thursday night (Spet. 10) authorizing action for two ongoing projects.
After months of trying to communicate with the owner of the Corner Bar at the intersection of Routes 20 and 77, the town will proceed with its demolition.
Although the town conducted a hearing to allow the owner to provide information on a plan to deal with the derelict structure, the owner's legal counsel contacted the town stating that he would not comply with the directives of the Uniform Fire and Code Enforcement officer to correct the dangerous condition of the structure.
The resolution gives Supervisor Doug Bowen the authority to obtain the necessary permits to demolish the structure. The town will be able to use its own resources to clean up the demolished structure, thereby saving thousands of dollars in the process.
The Council also passed a resolution approving the proposed lease for office space with Ripley Central School District.
The current office building has several structural problems and the town council had considered four different options, including renovation of the current building, renovating a building on Main Street and building an new office building. It was determined that the space in Ripley School was by far the most efficient and cost-effective solution This year, Ripley school tuitioned students in grades 7 through 12 to Chautauqua Lake Central School district. This freed up space in the building to be rented.
The resolution states: "The Town Board has determined that it will be in the best interest of the Town to utilize the available Ripley Central School District facility for its office facilities and the same will result in general cost savings"
The resolution authorizes Bowen to proceed with the proposed lease and continue with further negotiations to transfer the town facilities to the school.
In other business, Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours are set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The council also set budget workshop dates for Oct. 17 and 21.