If you attended this week's Colonie Town Board meeting, you may have noticed something different.
The boardroom looks different from six months ago, when carpeting lined the walls and file cabinets cluttered the back wall.
The town's General Services department has been working over the past five months to bring the boardroom, in which Town Board meetings and several other functions involving town residents are held, to modernization according to Director of General Services Doug Sippel.
Basically, the room hadn't been touched or had any renovations or modifications done to it in a number of years, said Sippel. "The last year and a half, the numbers of people who were actually coming to the meetings was kind of exceeding what was comfortable to fit in that room."
The room once held a capacity of 155 people. It will now hold 325.
Mike Tenace, an employee of the General Services Department who has been working on the project described the boardroom as "the jewel of the Town of Colonie" and said the room should reflect that. He and Ron Taylor, another employee of the department, helped pick out the designs used in the new room.
Tenace said the room was once used for the Colonie Town Court, and that the back of the room was where the judge would sit. The defendants would line up along the walls of the room and wait to go in and talk to the judge. Over the past 10 years, the room has been transformed to hold meetings of the Town Board, as well as several other meetings of town organizations and groups.
The project was done entirely in-house and using about $4,600 for materials from the general services budget. An additional $2,863 will be used to update the sound system in the room, allowing each board member to have their own microphone as opposed to sharing one or two.