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Former school building changes hands in Canjo

September 23, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

CANAJOHARIE - The deed for the former West Hill School was successfully transferred to the village on Monday, according to members of the Historic West Hill Committee.

According to Tolga Morowski, a member of the committee, those involved are pleased with the results of the transfer.

"We're all very excited," Morowski said.

She said the group was planning to do some cleanup on Saturday, and some work might be done on the roof.

"Generally sprucing it up," Morowski said.

Back in August, village Mayor Francis Avery said the building would be turned over to the Historic West Hill Committee, which will repair the building, but the committee will have to meet certain requirements. For example, the group would have to meet a timeline for fixing the roof, Avery said. If the group fails to adhere to the conditions, the village would have the right to retake the building.

Avery said the repairs to the building do not have a set date for completion, and the committee will "do what they can do."

"A lot of that depends on donors and fundraising," Morowski said.

Morowski said a fundraiser is being planned for the end of October. It may be a haunted house, but plans are not set in stone.

The historic building is in need of massive repairs. The roof contains almost 30 holes, some big enough to drive a car through. More than 130 windows need to be replaced, and a new staircase and heating system are needed.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is uncertain what its future uses might be.



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