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Bond Passes

The latest development in the controversial renovation of the senior center on Golf Club Lane was the passage of a $1.5 million bond at the last village trustees meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The current plan involves adding 3,700-square feet to the existing building at nearly double the $800,000 estimate priced out roughly six weeks ago. The final trustees tally was 6-2 in favor of going ahead with these renovations. Deputy Mayor Nicholas Episcopia and Trustee Richard Silver voted against going forward with the bond.

While Silver was alarmed not only at how the estimate doubled but the process in how this decision was maid, Trustee Episcopia referred to the results of a recent senior survey that was conducted by the recreation department. Among the findings was that respondees reacted favorably to the many programs the library offers, would like to see the recreation department conduct extra day trips to events outside the village and liked the summer concert series enough to inquire about having it become something that’s held year-round. It led Episcopia to rhetorically ask, “What do all those things have to do with the senior center adding an additional 3,700-square feet? Nothing.”

Trustee Robert Bolebruch voted in favor of this expenditure. Bolebruch said that when the Garden City Pool Club was renovated, 141 more families joined it. “Build it and they will come,” he said in reference to the senior center expansion. He also pointed out that when a bond was needed to purchase playing fields for the village’s children to play on a few years back, not a word of protest was raised. He added that for the 22 percent of the village population that the seniors represent, “They should have the opportunity to be in one location and not spread out all over the place.”

As for the potential improvements, the hired firm of Gustavson Dundes Architect & Design was asked back in August to include an outdoor barbecue, upgraded patio and better front access to the building.