DOLGEVILLE — Voters in the Dolgeville Central School District turned out to a public hearing Tuesday to get more information about a referendum next week that will decide whether the district should sell property to Little Falls Hospital.
District Superintendent Lynn Rhone said approximately 70 people attending the informational meeting in the Sam Camardello Auditorium at the school district for approximately an hour and 40 minutes.
In May, the school board voted to move ahead with the sale of the two acres of property to Little Falls Hospital for $12,375 to build a new Dolgeville Primary Care Center. The hospital had been granted $480,000 in funding from Empire State Development in December to go ahead with the project.
During a meeting in June, however, the school board voted to hold a permissive referendum after receiving petitions collected by residents requesting a vote be held.
"People who have concerns, they’re good concerns," said Rhone during a telephone interview Wednesday. "They want to make sure their voices are heard."
Rhone said Michael Ogden, chief executive officer of Little Falls Hospital, was present at the meeting to answer various questions from the public regarding the vote.
Rhone said the questions during the meeting stayed close to issues that have been previously raised.
"Really nothing new came up," she said, noting this included traffic congestion, how drainage may impact the infrastructure and whether other locations were considered.
The vote is scheduled to take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the James A. Green High School lobby. Those eligible to vote are United States citizens, at least 18 years of age or older, and a district resident for 30 days or more prior to the vote.
A special board meeting will be held after the ballot count and results are announced.
The tellers and inspectors for the voting will be Esther Ellis, Carmelita Maddocks, Carol Ernye, Donna Loucks and Sara Martyniuk.
Rhone said the board took action on a separate issue during the meeting to accept a gift from Gehring Tricot. She said the business, which has a location in the village, offered to have the gymnasium floor painted with the school logo. Rhone said the board approved the design.
"They’re very generous with us and very supportive of the school," she said.
Rhone said the floor should be painted in about two weeks, and will be ready in time for the start of the new school year in September.