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Permissive referendum possible for rec center bonding

Debate continues as indoors facility rendering unveiled, residents could vote on proposal

A rendering of the proposed indoor recreation center was shown at the Niskayuna Town Board Meeting on Thursday, April 19.

A rendering of the proposed indoor recreation center was shown at the Niskayuna Town Board Meeting on Thursday, April 19. Photo by John Purcell.

— “We are actually estimating very conservative,” McDonnell said. “I think that we are much in line, very reasonably and even slightly conservative in our estimates.”

The estimated operating expense for the facility total $31,000, which includes $6,000 for electricity, $10,500 for heating, $1,000 for parking lot snow plowing, $3,000 for maintenance costs, $10,000 for staffing and $1,000 for garbage service and water.

McKinney has contested the annual operating expenses would be around $100,000 annually.

Resident Emmett McDevitt asked if the facility was “so lucrative” why isn’t the town then considering a public-private partnership, which he felt the public would be more receptive too.

Mark Michalisin, a coach of a lacrosse program, said the project is “an investment in our youth.” He said the town isn’t “throwing money away” as others have suggested.

“I’m looking at all these kids and all the past kids that have now benefited and they’re in college on scholarships playing because of Niskayuna lacrosse,” Michalisin said, referencing the young children at the meeting. “It is not a lacrosse thing, it’s not a soccer thing, this is a community thing. This is something that we are giving back.”

Resident Frances Staunton said there is only so much she can afford to pay in taxes.

“While I’m looking at these children it does pull at my heartstrings, but what I don’t want is to have them pull at my purse strings anymore from this town,” Staunton said. “At this stage of my life I don’t need any more taxes, seriously.”

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