Also being considered is a space for an emergency services substation that would allow on-duty police and EMS crews a place to work from, improving service and response to the Philmont and Mellenville communities.
The town is also investigating the feasibility of powering the new Town Hall complex using hydropower from the nearby Agawamuck Creek.
Preliminary plans include a partnership with the Claverack Library to provide space for the Town Court and other public functions, while construction of the new building is completed.
"I can't tell you how happy I am that we're finally able to get moving on this project," said Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt. "It's been a long time coming and I'm happy that our plans are to keep it in the Philmont/Mellenville community," Kippy added.
Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen Hook credited the financial planning of this and past administrations for making the project possible. "Were it not for the years of planning and saving for this project, we'd never be able to afford it," said Deputy Supervisor Hook. "It goes to show the impact that pinching pennies here and there can have. It all adds up and puts us in a position to be able to build this facility that the Town and townspeople deserve and need so much," Hook added.
The Town has nearly $500,000 already put aside for the project. Supervisor Weigelt credits former Town Supervisor Jim Sherman for dedicating much of those funds.