Lowville- Lewis County lawmakers met during a special meeting late Tuesday afternoon, where the motion for a new county office building was defeated.
“If we do a new building, we solve a lot of problems and if we don’t, we have other problems,” District Ten Legislator Jerry King told reporters from the Watertown Daily Times. Mr. King has been taking charge for the initiative for a new county office facility.
According to reports, lawmakers chose to form an ad hoc committee to evaluate current needs of the various county departments for a previous capital project. The committee was supposed to consist of department heads and members of the public, however; further reports claim that the committee was never officially formed.
Chairman Dolhof, District Two Legislator Randy LaChausse, District Three Legislator Ron Burns, District Six Legislator Andrea Moroughan and District Nine Legislator Thomas Osborne all leaned in favor of having more discussion time, which would also include establishing the ad hoc committee and speaking to residents before moving forward with a new facility. The remaining lawmakers all sided with making a decision first, rather than talking things out.
Chairman Dolhof’s vote ultimately broke the tie and tipped the scaled towards taking the time to talk things out and consider all the options.
“We’re divided,” said Mr. LaChausse. “It’s obvious.” The meeting wrapped up after the public comment period.