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Lewisboro Finally Starts Move of Town Offices

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The long-awaited move of Lewisboro town government offices from the Onatru Farm House to newly renovated space in the Orchard Square shopping center in Cross River is finally under way.

After months of delays – town officials had hoped the move would take place last December – the town received its certificate of occupancy Friday and began paying rent Monday. Since then, workers have been packing boxes, moving furniture and hooking up wires for phones, computers and alarms.

Town business will carry on as usual until April 25 to 27, when the final stages of the move are completed. The new offices will be officially open Monday, April 30.

Supervisor Peter Parsons said his goal is to complete the move with as little disruption to public service as possible.

“As far as the public is concerned, the only interruption in service for the Town House, highway department, police department and parks and rec department will be the telephone service on April 25,” he said. “Even then, that will be sporadic. If people can’t get through, they should just wait 10 minutes and try again.”

The agencies moving to the new Cross River offices include the building, planning, zoning and housing departments, along with the assessor’s office, court clerk’s office and the Architecture Community Appearance Review Council. All the departments were housed in the Onatru Farm House, except for the court clerk’s office, which was located at the Town House.

Parsons said that anyone with business at any of those agencies from April 25 to 27 should contact the supervisor’s office at 914-763-3151 or the town clerk’s office at 914-763-3511.

The move was delayed, he said, because a certificate of occupancy could not be obtained. A parking lot area and an enclosure for the Dumpster area had to be repaved. The town obtained a letter from Orchard Square officials Friday guaranteeing that work would be done, and the certificate of occupancy was granted.

On Wednesday afternoon, Facilities Maintenance Manager Joel Smith was busy setting up phone wires at the new offices in anticipation of next week’s visit from the town’s communications provider, Light Path.

“All of this is fiber,” Smith said, gesturing to the maze of wires snaking from a panel on the wall of large closet. “It was all put in and tested yesterday. The phones all arrived today via FedEx.”

Light Path will arrive next Wednesday to put the finishing touches on the system and begin training staff, Smith said.

Court Clerk Liz DeFaber was setting up shop in her new office, unpacking boxes and moving bookshelves around.

“I can’t wait to move in,” she said. “Are you kidding? This is like twice as big as my old office.”

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