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Antrim Township to discuss municipal complex at Nov. 4 meeting

October 30, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors will meet on Election Day and hopes to decide once and for all whether to build a new municipal complex.

Board Chairman Curtis Myers, who has been vocally opposed to the project since elected to the board in 2006, said he will ask the board to "draw a line in the sand" and put the matter to rest during its Tuesday budget work session.

Myers said the former board and staff scattered nearly $6 million throughout the budget to finance the project.

That is money he would like to reclaim.

"The budget is convoluted, and part of cleaning it up is dealing with this municipal complex," he said. "Some projects need finished and I personally would like to see the shared-use trail finished from end to end."

The project to build a new Antrim Township Municipal Complex began more than 10 years ago when the former board noticed the current building along Antrim Church Road was getting cramped.

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Original bids for a four-building complex along U.S. 11 topped $6.4 million and were unanimously rejected by the township.

Myers and Supervisor Samuel Miller have previously referred to the project as a "Taj Mahal" and "way over the top."

Miller said in 2007 that he could think of other township projects, including the Grindstone Hill Road extension, that should be finished before the township considers building itself a massive new complex.

Myers said he favors upgrading the existing building and scrapping the idea of a new building all together, but said he will let democracy prevail Nov. 4.

Supervisor James Byers is the only member of the board who was serving when supervisors and staff began working on the project in 1997.

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