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GUILDERLAND: Board hears group home plan

Only one resident in attendance had any questions for the center.

"As neighbors, should we expect to interact with these individuals?" asked Bill Stoecklin, of 21 Velina Drive.

"I hope so," said Lamkin, adding that the men are interesting, engaging individuals.

Lamkin also responded to Stoecklin's question on how long the men will be there, explaining that ideally it's a long-term care home, but that can change based on the needs of the men.

The center hopes to close the sale of the home by mid to late February, but Lamkin said it is based on a number of con-tingencies, including approval from state agencies.

"That can take a very long time," said Lamkin. "We anticipate several months."

Lamkin and Krafchin expressed their interest in working with any questions or concerns residents may have, and encouraged the community to contact them.

"Whatever we can do to help people become comfortable, we're more than happy to do," said Lamkin.

In other business, the board adopted a resolution authorizing Runion to sign a contract with the state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation office for a grant of $100,000 for the rehabilitation of a pool house and deck at Tawasentha Park.

"As we had discussed at the budget hearing, the pool house and swimming pool area is in desperate need of rehabilitation," said Runion.

The project is estimated to cost more than the $100,000 grant being received from the state.""

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