When he considers the building where he works, the 75-year-old former
"From a code enforcement standpoint, the owner of this building should have citations out the wazoo," Moroz said this week. "There are too many problems."
With that, Moroz backs borough council's plan to construct a new building, costing more than
Fixing the current building
Moroz has seen the problems first hand. In February, he had to move his second floor office down the hall after heavy snow caused a leak in the roof and sent ceiling tiles crashing down around him.
"It's been about seven or eight years since the last roof was put on this building, and when they were inspecting the roof the last time, I could hear the squishing," Moroz said.
Start with asbestos
It's been suggested by opponents of the new complex, to be constructed along
"With this building being built in 1939, you would have to start with the asbestos removal, and that will not be easy," Moroz said in response.
In March, the borough commissioned a study with
"This building has outlived its use," Moroz said. "Time to move on."
At the time his analysis was presented this spring, council President
"This shows that we have been thinking about this for the last five years," Varano said at the time.
In that analysis, done by
Debt is 'foolish'
"After seeing this, I understand that, maybe, building new is a better option," Chesney said in reply. "But I ask council to be as fiscally responsible as they can on this matter."
"No one is advocating staying in the present building as-is," he said. "Clearly, the need is there for an alternative facility; however, council's want is selfish and self-centered because the tremendous cost of incurring a 40-year debt for something that's over the top is flat-out foolish."
Moroz believes the current building has reached such disrepair in part because the borough doesn't technically own it. An agreement in 1977 with
"They did some band-aid work," and that was it, Moroz said.
If the borough moves, ownership would return to the district -- maybe.
"The borough has not responded to the offer," Stellar said. "At this point, the school board is weighing their options to see what the best way to proceed for the district."
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