LOWVILLE, N.Y. -- Some Lewis County lawmakers are trying to take back their approval of a recent purchase deal.
The county decided earlier this week to buy the Lewis Lanes bowling alley to convert to county offices. The vote was six to four, but now two yes votes want to change their minds. Some say they thought they were voting on a contract, not an offer. They also claim they didn't realize the building would be leased to its current owners until April.
Thursday, board chair Mike Tabolt reiterated his stance that the purchase is the right move. He does, however, admit engineers were not brought in to evaluate, only members of county maintenance and planning.
Tabolt also couldn't tell us the cost to renovate the building, only saying money would be saved compared to other projects.
Regardless, Tabolt says a contract has been signed and if anyone thinks it's now a bad idea, it's their own fault.
"It would probably be the individual legislator's responsibility to ask those questions before they vote. Everyone has an opportunity and if there was enough, legislators opposed to it from the start, they had every opportunity to table it," said Talbot.
Legislator Paul Stanford says he plans to ask the board to vote on a plan to rescind the purchase contract at Tuesday's meeting. But because a contract was signed, it's possible the owners of the bowling alley could sue.