LAKEWOOD - Officials from both the village of Lakewood and town of Busti will soon meet to discuss shared services.
On Monday during the Lakewood Village Board meeting, Joseph Troche, village trustee, said a meeting has been set with town officials for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, to discuss services being shared by both municipalities. David Wordelmann, village mayor, said two members of each municipal board - Troche and himself representing Lakewood - will meet at the Anthony C. Caprino Municipal Building next week.
The discussion on shared services between the two municipalities stems from the conversation for money being appropriated for the Busti-Lakewood Community Center. Both municipalities annually appropriate $15,000 toward the rec center's budget. However, last month, Troche wanted to talk about how the village is helping to pay half the bill for the rec center while the town doesn't help the village with costs associated with the courts.
Both the town and the village use the courts building, which is located in the Anthony C. Caprino Municipal Building. According to Troche, the village pays all the bills associated with maintenance of the courts facility and the building, which is owned by the village.
Troche said if Busti is getting use of the facility that is owned by Lakewood for free, then the village should also get the use of something owned by the town for free.
Last week, during the Busti Town Board meeting, Richard Sanders, town councilman, said the town does pay for use of the courts facility through its contract for police services with the village. He said town and village officials should meet to discuss the issue with the rec center budget and other shared services.
In other business, the village board passed a resolution to amend an option agreement between the village of Lakewood and Thomas and Michelle Turner for property located at 142 and 144 Chautauqua Ave. In January 2008, village officials and the Turners entered into an agreement to demolish property at 140 Chautauqua Ave in conjunction with the construction of a new commercial building. The agreement said the building must be completed prior to Sept. 1, 2012. However, the amendment passed by village officials now states that the exterior of the building connection of all utilities and all site work must be completed by Sept. 12, 2012. The new option agreement gives Turner more time to complete the interior of the building to meet the needs of potential tenants in the commercial office building.