The Town of Stillwater will be submitting plans to the village Planning Board in the next week or two for approval to move the town offices to the church hall of the former St. Peter The Apostle Parish on Hudson Avenue.
Stillwater Town Supervisor Edward Kinowski told the Village Board of Trustees Tuesday night (February 19) that the town has been negotiating with the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese for months and is hoping to sign an agreement within the next few days to lease the church property for the next five to 10 years. The parish merged in 2011 with Assumption/St. Paul Church in Mechanicville to form All Saints on the Hudson in Stillwater.
The lease is being signed prior to formal village approval so the town can begin lining up contractors to renovate the building for town use. This will involve running telephone and Internet wiring and renovating a bathroom so it is handicap accessible.
“This building will offer us twice the square footage we have now,” Kinowski said, “and triple our meeting space so we don’t have to use the community center any more.”
Stillwater Town Hall at the corner of East Street and School Street in the Riverside section of town has become too congested and is deteriorating, prompting town officials to look for a new home.
The parish will still use some of the parish hall for storage and the town and church will share the outside parking area. If approved, Town Court will be the first to move to the parish building most likely by April, followed by the rest of the town offices/departments.
In other business, Trustees also heard a presentation from Bob Moody of E.J. Prescott on a proposal to manage the vast inventory of supplies for the village’s Department of Public Works.
EJP has developed a program called Value Added Services (VAS) which reduces the amount of inventory a utility like the Water and Sewer Departments need on hand and at the same time provides assurance that inventory will be there when needed, including products for emergency situation.
“Our goal is to make your inventory work better for you,” Moody said, “by getting you out of the habit of overstocking and spending money on items you don’t need right away.”
EJP would work with the village to set up a computerized inventory of “A” products — the most commonly used items — and together they would decide how many of each to keep in stock. If the village was to run out of an “A” product at any time, EJP agrees to supply and deliver it within two hours to the office or the job site. Product are guaranteed for up to 10 years and prices are locked in for the fiscal year, April 1 – March 31, with the exception of some piping like PVC and copper. Trustees said they would consider the program in the coming weeks.