Last night, the Common Council was all set to vote on a resolution that would give the city treasurer the authority to pursue the bonds required to pay for the project should the Council decide to purchase 701 Union Street and rehab it to be the new police and court building, but no vote was taken. City attorney Cheryl Roberts pointed out that SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) needed to be completed before the Council could authorize the bond resolution.
Given that situation, Council president Don Moore explained that before the end of the month a special meeting would be scheduled to decide whether or not to purchase the building and proceed with the project, and the bond resolution could be considered at that time, too.
At the end of the meeting, the Council went into executive session to discuss, as Council president Don Moore explained, "cost issues related to the outcome of the Phase II environmental study, issues requiring negotiating."
Although there remain uncertainties about the project, Moore, as reported by John Mason in today's Register-Star, seems generally optimistic about it going forward: "Moore: Police-court facility SEQRA report looks good."