CHAZY — A survey will give the Chazy Town Council a better handle on whether townspeople would prefer renovating and restructuring the Town Hall or building a new one."We're going to see what the results of that are, then we will probably go to a public referendum at election time," said Town Supervisor Staub Spiegel.At a recent session, the council studied drawings of possible designs for both options, done by Chazy resident Tim Ryan."We scribbled on them, changed them," Spiegel said. "We're going to have some good ideas."But whether new or old, the Town Hall belongs to the citizenry, he continued.A seven-member subcommittee of the Chazy Planning Board, chaired by Neil Carey, has for a year or so been updating the town's zoning plan, which is a dozen or so years old now. The planning survey is part of that process, said Spiegel, querying citizens on their vision of the community for the future.He gave some examples: Should the town bring in industry, or stay the small agricultural community that it is now?And one question asks preference on a new Town Hall or an upgraded old one to resolve longtime issues of too little space for the offices that serve the public there.So far, said Spiegel, total respondents have been in the 10- or 11-percent range, and the committee has begun tabulating results.For a survey, that's not a bad percentage, the supervisor said, and the results will assist the councilors. But they are considering, as well, putting that same question up to public vote in November."I think we need to get an even-more-broad-based result," Spiegel said.He didn't say the councilors would go with the more-popular option, but noted they are supposed to represent the people."I would just give us an idea what direction they'd like to go in," he said.
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