Lewis County Legislature votes to pur...

Lewis County Legislature votes to purchase Lowville bowling alley

There are 121 comments on the Watertown Daily Times story from Oct 28, 2013, titled Lewis County Legislature votes to purchase Lowville bowling alley. In it, Watertown Daily Times reports that:

In a special meeting called to discuss a real estate transaction, the Lewis County Board of Legislators voted this afternoon to purchase Lewis Lanes at 7828 Route 26, across from Lewis County General Hospital.

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Way2save

Lowville, NY

#1 Oct 28, 2013
Way 2 save money!!!!!!! Brilliant farmer's running the county!!!
Pissed bowler

New York, NY

#2 Oct 28, 2013
Thanks for the blindside and shame on you all!!!!
Cow Pie

Ithaca, NY

#3 Oct 28, 2013
I hope they sell ice cream in the summer. Maybe that money can make up for the lost property taxes.
Unreal

Selkirk, NY

#4 Oct 28, 2013
I hope the last bowling season there turns out horrible! Why didn't they give someone a chance to purchase it and keep it what it's been for many years! Shame on the owners and the county
fool

Johnstown, NY

#5 Oct 28, 2013
there are only two farmers on the board, and they voted opposite of each other so throw that thinking out the door.
what we have on this board are "morons" from all walks of life.

Since: Oct 13

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#6 Oct 28, 2013
Our legislators are penny wise, pound foolish on the purchase of Lewis Lanes. Our legislators have been digging ever deeper into our pockets, with no remorse.“None so blind as those that will not see,” said Matthew Henry (1662-1714).

My hat is off to the Jeremiah S. Papineau, Journal and Republican editor for taking a stand on this topic.

A QUOTE BY JEREMIAH S. PAPINEAU:

QUOTE --“Personally, I am disheartened to see this considering how kids are always looking for things to do in our region. It would've been nice to see someone who wanted to buy the bowling alley for a bowling alley be the one to get a crack at it...instead, we're facing losing another valuable asset in the community. This is not to mention the multiple leagues who use this place. As someone who came from a village that lost its only bowling alley to fire — twice — it saddens me to think the county is so gung-ho on spending money that it doesn't formulate a more well-thought out plan.” UNQUOTE

Now for the big question: Has an appraisal been performed on this building?$1,000,000 is too much for that building and land. Our legislators are digging ever deeper into our pockets, with no remorse or knowledge of its true value. Our legislators should be looking out for the best interest of the taxpayers and the community. There must be some type of law against doing this without an appraisal. What's the hurry?
Woody

New York, NY

#7 Oct 28, 2013
I find it hard to believe that in our county and state if I want to sub-divide a acre of land I have to go to 2-4 town meetings over 2-3 months to get aproval and yet the town or county can spend 1 million dollars on a building and plan another 2 million plus on renovations in a week with no public notice and no public hearing ....no market study done no bids on remodeling ......disgusted Lewis county
just saying

North Billerica, MA

#8 Oct 28, 2013
Just hearsay but I heard the owners approached the county. If that is so no one should be forced to stay in business if they are losing money. And if they are losing money who else would buy.
Mike

New York, NY

#9 Oct 29, 2013
just saying wrote:
Just hearsay but I heard the owners approached the county. If that is so no one should be forced to stay in business if they are losing money. And if they are losing money who else would buy.
No one else a chance to purchase the Bowling Alleys. Legislators have no respect for the public. Under different management this business may have made a profit.
Woah

New York, NY

#10 Oct 29, 2013
I understand wanting to profit and better your life. What I don't understand is how the business can be booming and then so bad that you want to sell out. And shouldn't the community have some inkling that this was going on....we rallied behind them to rebuild and helped make it financially possible. And the legislators have a responsibility to the county to keep business and tax money in our county. How can they, in good consience take a property off the tax rolls and then spend millions to convert it? It is bad business all around.
friend

New York, NY

#11 Oct 29, 2013
Woody wrote:
I find it hard to believe that in our county and state if I want to sub-divide a acre of land I have to go to 2-4 town meetings over 2-3 months to get aproval and yet the town or county can spend 1 million dollars on a building and plan another 2 million plus on renovations in a week with no public notice and no public hearing ....no market study done no bids on remodeling ......disgusted Lewis county
Woody I didnt know u visited Lowville topix!How is your house selling business doing?
oh yeah

Boonville, NY

#12 Oct 29, 2013
You have too love it! Lewis counties new economic developement plan. Buy up businesses and put people out of work. This county is full of morons. If that place is worth a million dollars my house is worth twice that! I suppose your going to let the owners sell all the contents first too. Any money from the contents should go back to the county. I still think it's all these losers who aren't running for reelection wanting to stick it in the taxpayers @ss one more time.
Slim

Winnetka, IL

#13 Oct 29, 2013
Everyone knows that there really is no major interest in social activity in this day and age. Why would kids want to leave the house and actually do something physical when they can have all the luxury of being at home and playing xbox or trolling on facebook. After the bowling alley burned, we learned how to live without it and unfortunately it doesn't seem that we have re-learned what a great place it is. A few days ago, only a handful of people would have gave a crap about the bowling alley or actually going there for that matter. Now all of a sudden people hear that it's going to be gone and everyone suddenly cares. I am honestly amazed they have stuck with the business this long due to the fact that business has been terrible for them in the past years. As for "not giving anyone else a chance to buy it", come on... nobody would have been able to make them a realistic offer on a business that isn't profitable. It's a new day and age, kids are lazy and glued to their smart phones and video games. Things like bowling are just too much like work for people. If they want to bowl they will get on their WII and bowl right in their living room without having to lug a ball around and actually take the time and effort to leave the house. The more technology we embrace, the less social and outgoing we will be. The end
Fed up

Tupper Lake, NY

#14 Oct 29, 2013
I can't believe they paid 1 million for the bowling alley. They really screwed this one up. Remember the community supported all the fundraising after all the sad pictures all over the TV, newspapers....did it out of true compassion for their friends,neighbors,community. I personally think it really stinks to think we will now have to pay taxes for this. When was it on the market? Why wasn't it on the news for sale? What a shame!!! Shame on the legislatures and shame on the owners!!!!! Truly disgusted!!!
Croghan Man

Johnstown, NY

#15 Oct 29, 2013
I am totally disgusted with the Legislators!! They did this without a public hearing and no local input!!
dreadlocks

Ithaca, NY

#17 Oct 29, 2013
Slim wrote:
Everyone knows that there really is no major interest in social activity in this day and age. Why would kids want to leave the house and actually do something physical when they can have all the luxury of being at home and playing xbox or trolling on facebook. After the bowling alley burned, we learned how to live without it and unfortunately it doesn't seem that we have re-learned what a great place it is. A few days ago, only a handful of people would have gave a crap about the bowling alley or actually going there for that matter. Now all of a sudden people hear that it's going to be gone and everyone suddenly cares. I am honestly amazed they have stuck with the business this long due to the fact that business has been terrible for them in the past years. As for "not giving anyone else a chance to buy it", come on... nobody would have been able to make them a realistic offer on a business that isn't profitable. It's a new day and age, kids are lazy and glued to their smart phones and video games. Things like bowling are just too much like work for people. If they want to bowl they will get on their WII and bowl right in their living room without having to lug a ball around and actually take the time and effort to leave the house. The more technology we embrace, the less social and outgoing we will be. The end
wow. Are you like a teacher or something? You've got everything figured out. Tell me, what's going to happen next week!
Wrong angle

New York, NY

#18 Oct 29, 2013
Slim wrote:
Everyone knows that there really is no major interest in social activity in this day and age. Why would kids want to leave the house and actually do something physical when they can have all the luxury of being at home and playing xbox or trolling on facebook. After the bowling alley burned, we learned how to live without it and unfortunately it doesn't seem that we have re-learned what a great place it is. A few days ago, only a handful of people would have gave a crap about the bowling alley or actually going there for that matter. Now all of a sudden people hear that it's going to be gone and everyone suddenly cares. I am honestly amazed they have stuck with the business this long due to the fact that business has been terrible for them in the past years. As for "not giving anyone else a chance to buy it", come on... nobody would have been able to make them a realistic offer on a business that isn't profitable. It's a new day and age, kids are lazy and glued to their smart phones and video games. Things like bowling are just too much like work for people. If they want to bowl they will get on their WII and bowl right in their living room without having to lug a ball around and actually take the time and effort to leave the house. The more technology we embrace, the less social and outgoing we will be. The end
I disagree with you...there are plenty of people interested in the bowling alleys, have you forgotten how many people bowl there during leagues? Secondly, I wonder if their hours of operation couldn't have been tweaked to bring in more business. That bowling alley could be a very profitable business...it takes creativity and hard work to bring people out but I think it could be done. It is not our decision to sell the facility, people sell their businesses all of the time....what sticks in my craw is that it was so hush-hush and with no public input on how our tax monies would be spent. Is the property even worth a million dollars? I would like to see comparisons. And I do think there would have been private interest in buying the business from the current owners....but why would they not put it on the market when they could approach the Legislators directly? That is the MILLION dollar question.
suspended reality

Henderson, NY

#19 Oct 29, 2013
life in Lewis County has become a Stephen King novel!
Fatty

Ithaca, NY

#21 Oct 29, 2013
Slim wrote:
Everyone knows that there really is no major interest in social activity in this day and age. Why would kids want to leave the house and actually do something physical when they can have all the luxury of being at home and playing xbox or trolling on facebook. After the bowling alley burned, we learned how to live without it and unfortunately it doesn't seem that we have re-learned what a great place it is. A few days ago, only a handful of people would have gave a crap about the bowling alley or actually going there for that matter. Now all of a sudden people hear that it's going to be gone and everyone suddenly cares. I am honestly amazed they have stuck with the business this long due to the fact that business has been terrible for them in the past years. As for "not giving anyone else a chance to buy it", come on... nobody would have been able to make them a realistic offer on a business that isn't profitable. It's a new day and age, kids are lazy and glued to their smart phones and video games. Things like bowling are just too much like work for people. If they want to bowl they will get on their WII and bowl right in their living room without having to lug a ball around and actually take the time and effort to leave the house. The more technology we embrace, the less social and outgoing we will be. The end
Gee, Slim, drive down Bostwick sometime Friday night and look at that new football field...see the kids there? Yeah, you know nothing!
just me

Johnstown, NY

#23 Oct 29, 2013
wow paul you are a real jurk.take something that brought money in and now its gone. can we take your food stand away from you at the fair? well maybe we can tell people thats not a good place to eat.since you got in with the county you have become a bigger jurk.to bad i did not live in your area because i would vote for some one else .this is a bad choice for the county. how much space do you need. and why is it needed? thereshould be one buliding for all of you in office .

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