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Bethlehem approves roof and parapet repairs

"They would not in any way thwart the work going forward on the emergency repairs," he said.

But other members of the Town Board said they'd like to hold off on those other items until the next board meeting on March 23. Councilman Mark Hennessey said he'd only learned about the work in the police station the day before the special meeting.

"The other Town Hall improvements...I don't think that's something we absolutely have to do," he said. "Tonight's meeting was really about making the repairs to Town Hall that need to be made."

The board decided to borrow money for the repairs. The capital reserve for the general fund stands at $570,000, some of which is earmarked for other projects. There is a reserve of $2 million in the water fund, but that money can't be spent for the building repairs. There was also concern spending the reserves down too far could leave the town exposed in the event of other emergencies.

Plus, the borrowing environment is favorable at the moment, said Comptroller Suzanne Traylor.

"Interest rates continue to be incredibly low and in our favor in the short term," she said.

Since there is a delay between authorization and when the bonds are issued, the town could wrap the additional repairs in to this bond should they be approved on March 23. It's advantageous to bundle bonding items together because the town pays its bond counsel every time it borrows.""

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