TYRE — Josh Olschewske of Lay Road is a State Trooper and a 20-year resident of Tyre.
On Monday, he wrote a letter to Town Board members, voicing his displeasure with the proposed new municipal building on Gravel Road “at its proposed location and cost.’’
The Town Board has advertised for bids on the project. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. April 26.
He listed his concerns as:
• The location is inconvenient for people who would use the building on a regular basis. He said the majority of people doing business at the town court in the building will be coming off the State Thruway, noting that the proposed location is “far away’’ from the Exit 41 interchange.
• The building would have no access to public water, public sewer, cable or internet utilities.
• The site cannot support the amount of commercial large-size truck traffic that a town facility, and a town court, will draw.
• The site is against the wishes of town residents as expressed in the town’s comprehensive plan survey. He said those comments “clearly indicate that the citizens of Tyre do not want development of this nature to take over rural farmland areas.’’
• The site of the new town hall should have been in an area already designated for commercial expansion, the Route 318 and 414 corridors where utilities exist to serve the building properly and efficiently.
• The proposed 7,900 square feet of space is “grossly oversized’’ and contains wasted space.
• The site does not appear to have adequate parking or turnaround space for large commercial trucks.
• The layout and location of the septic system and construction facilities are placed near the current house located just to the south of the site.
• The proposed building does not provide the security and public access restrictions required today.
• The proposed exterior design does not blend well with the surrounding area, noting there is an historic home close by.
• The project doesn’t seem to address lighting and other environmental issues the building will impose on neighbors.
• Projection of the $3.5 million cost “is outrageous’’ for a town of about 1,000 residents. He said the money allocated could be better spent on other issues facing the town, such as roads, additional tax cuts, expansion of water, sewer, cable and high-speed internet utilities.
Olschewske asked board members to work with the landlord of the current municipal building on Route 318 to come up with a new lease agreement, making structural modifications.
“The majority of my neighbors I have spoken to about this project agree that the cost, location and size of the proposed new town hall do not fit the needs of our town in a fiscally responsible or common-sense manner,’’ Olschewske wrote.
Supervisor Ron McGreevy did not respond Monday to an email request for comment.