West Seneca, NY - That controversial West Seneca Library - Community Center Building project is apparently moving forward. But now there is a new lower cost figure put out to taxpayers to actually finish the building, which also now has an overall cost ranging between 13.3 and 13.9 million dollars.
The town board touched off a political firestorm last month, when it suggested an additional 5.1 million dollars would be needed. That prompted a petition drive for a referendum.
But following a review of the project with the engineer, contractors, town finance expert, and attorneys, officials are now requesting just under two million dollars.
Some residents are still questioning the various costs and scope of the project, but it's not clear if there will be a public challenge to the new 1.9 million dollar completion cost .
Councilman Eugene Hart says, "Of course the people were speaking and I think that it's our job to listen. There were changes made to the project that were expensive. For example, the office space for the town... that was an addition on the original project. So most of that one point nine million dollars... I'm not an expert on it... but I'm guessing a lot of it is in that two story addition."
Supervisor Sheila Meegan and Councilman William Hanley did not want to take questions from 2 On Your Side. But they both voted to hire a public relations firm to deal with the media and handle other duties for a 30,000 thousand dollar contract through the end of the year.