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May 1, 2013

Lew-Port sets price for proposed rec center site

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Niagara Gazette — "The board felt because of the in-kind use being asked for in the agreement, that brought the price we'd be asking down," Roser said. "But the board felt we needed to ask for something. We're giving up a significant amount of greenspace and it's going to alter the look of the campus, so the board decided we'd want some kind of compensation for the ability to build on that location."

The asking price was set through a unanimous 7-0 vote by the board, Roser added.

School board President Jodee Riordan agreed with Roser's assessment, saying the board was trying to secure a fair value for the property.

"We wanted to make sure we did everything we could to assure we were getting a fair value for the property," Riordan said. "When we sat down, we decided it really was in the best interest of the community to have the town's facility on our campus. But we really wanted to make sure we were doing it right."

Lewiston Supervisor Steve Reiter said the board providing a price gives him something he can work with, which he's desired for a while.

"This gives us a goal by which to work to," Reiter said. "It's something I can take to my board. We can start moving again. With this, we can start taking some aggressive action towards bonding the project and other things we need to do."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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