RIPLEY - The Town of Ripley offices were expected to be fully operational by the end of last week after moving to the west wing of Ripley Central School, according to Supervisor Doug Bowen. The move officially began Tuesday, April 15 after renovations to the space was completed. The final project involved the installation of security doors between the offices and the school.
The space being leased by the town is partly in the old school and partly in the newest addition to the school in the section of the building facing State Street. The area was left vacant when Ripley high school students were tuitioned to Chautauqua Lake Central School.
"This is our version of shared services. It's a consolidation that can utilize space that otherwise would have been unused," Bowen said. "It sets the town offices back to Main Street where it is supposed to be."
Photos by David Prenatt
A remodeled lobby greets visitors coming in from State street.
The current town building on Park Street has severe structural problems. The town decided to lease the space from the school after a study that indicated this would be the most cost effective solution.
The new space includes room for the town assessor, a judges room, an attorney-client space, the courtroom, town clerk, historian and accountant as well as providing a sheriff's sub-station.
The new entrance to the offices also contains a lift for persons with disabilities. The town building on Park Street was not truly handicap-accessible, Bowen said.