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The Marilla Town Board is taking steps toward buying a house at 1739 West Ave. for use by the Historical Society and the vacant lot next door for additional parking.

The property is behind Town Hall on Two Rod Road, and a gate will separate the Town Hall site from the Historical Society’s location, said Town Supervisor George Gertz.

The price for the property is $172,000, and the seller has one year to vacate the house, to allow him time to build a new home on Three Rod Road.

Gertz said the town will pay cash for the three-bedroom home that he called immaculate and in great condition. Although the age of the house was not immediately known, Gertz said it is in pristine condition and has a huge garage that could be used by the Historical Society. The upstairs has a door that closes it off completely, and those rooms could be used as offices.

The Historical Society has been using a portion of the Community Center at 1810 Two Rod Road for the past 18 years.

On another issue, the Town Board is considering buying or leasing time clocks for employees of the Highway Department and Town Hall that will require full hand prints instead of just a fingerprint as originally was thought. Gertz said the clock reads the top of a hand. It can be programmed daily to keep track of people’s arrival and departure.