TOWN OF MAINE, N.Y. - The Town of Maine is receiving a parting gift from a business that left town last Fall.
NBT Bank has donated its former branch building along Route 26 to the town.
The bank, which first opened in 1970, was closed last September.
However, the ATM remains and will stay operational under an agreement with the town.
Maine plans to move its supervisor, clerk and other bookkeeping operations to the building.
And it intends to keep the drive through window functioning.
Supervisor Jim Tokos says the new location will be more convenient for residents looking to pay their taxes or purchase dog licenses or marriage licenses.
"This is just a great thing for the town. We hated to see the building go unused. We would have liked to negotiate with another bank to come in. But with a small town, banks just aren't doing that. So, by keeping the ATM here, we at least have the ATM and still have the NBT connection. And the building will be put to good use," said Tokos.
Tokos says the town was going to make security upgrades for the clerk's office at the Town Hall on Lewis Street.
Now, it can use that space for other town functions.
The town court, board meetings, assessor and code enforcement will remain on Lewis Street.
Tokos says the town also plans to reinstall its War Memorial in front of the former bank.
It had to be removed from outside Maine Memorial Elementary last Fall because of septic work.
Tokos says minor renovations at the bank will be paid for from the town's reserves and he hopes the work will be completed by late Fall.