RIPLEY - The Town of Ripley is ready to move - its offices, that is.
Ripley supervisor Doug Bowen announced at Thursday's council meeting that the town is scheduled to begin moving all of its offices to a new location in the Ripley Central School building this week. The move should have begun on Tuesday, but Bowen noted that there was a possibility it could be postponed for a week.
"There are still some kinks we have to work out, but we'll get there," he said. One thing that could cause a slight delay was that the wrong parts were shipped for the safety doors that will separate the town offices from the school, Bowen said.
The new address of the town will be 14 N. State Street, Bowen said. This is the address assigned by the 911 system. The council voted to officially name the new location: Ripley Town Hall.
The council also voted to authorize $3,500 to be used to move the Court Bench to the new location. The bench will be modified to include a new witness stand and to place the clerk position on the left side, Bowen said.
In a related matter, the council listened to a petition from Ruth "Candy" Kelly, coordinator of the Ripley Food Pantry, who asked if the pantry could relocate to the current town building.
The pantry's current location has only 429 square feet of room, she said.
Council members agreed that the pantry could use the basement of the town building, but only temporarily because the building has several structural flaws. "I have no problem with it," Bowen said. "But I can't say about a permanent location."
Kelly asked if there was any way a permanent location could be found, either in the school building or elsewhere. "The thought of moving an industrial freezer and six large shelving units and then having to move them again is daunting," she said.
The council voted to investigate possibilities for a permanent location, including building a simple structure on the current town grounds.
Council member Robert McIntosh reported that the planning board held a public hearing regarding the possible construction of a Mennonite school. However, he said, the project was too large for the planning board and so must be passed on to the town council.
Peter Hess, representing the Mennonite group, said they were also looking into purchasing the County Market building for their school, but would need to bring in a portable classroom until an addition could be built.
Town council accepted the resignation of planning board member Don Spellman and appointed John Trevelline to take his place.
The council also approved the purchase of a new water/sewer billing service provided by Williamson Law Book Company out of Victor, NY.