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Vote postponed on rec building leasing

A vote on a proposal to let the crowded Springs school district use part of an East Hampton Town recreation building was postponed Thursday night when Town Board members cited issues that remain unresolved.

They said they hope the issues can be addressed in the next few weeks.

The district had agreed to a lease with rent of $2,000 a month for use of the building from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. plus for occasional school-related purposes after regular school hours.

But at the Thursday night town board meeting, Councilwoman Theresa Quigley said the school district had raised a number of issues, ranging from who would pay the utilities bill, who would be responsible for cleanup and who would decide whether the town or school would get to use the building if both want it at the same time. “There are just so many things, ” she said.

Councilman Dominick Stanzione said the agreement would allow the town to use the school gym, a facility it does not have in Springs. And, he said, he trusted the school officials.

“They will cooperate,” he said.

But Councilman Pete Hammerle said the town had spent $3.5 million to build the community recreation facility for the town, not for the school district.

The board members agreed to clarify the issues and make voting on the lease a priority at their next meeting, on Sept. 1.

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