COXSACKIE — You have to admit, it’s getting better, a little better all the time, town officials are saying about the progress of the new $2.7 million office and garage complex.
The Coxsackie Town Board passed a bond resolution Tuesday for the new municipal building and highway garage to be built at 56 Bailey St.
The board voted unanimously to authorize the bond, which requires a supermajority vote and legal procedures on advertising, Coxsackie Town Supervisor Richard Hanse said. The bond repayment would be over a 30-year period.
“Just because we pass something doesn’t mean we just go out and get it tomorrow,” Hanse said.
The bond resolution is for $3.25 million and the town received grant money of $500,000 secured by state Sen. George Amedore, R-46, in January, Hanse said.
“You have to spend the money upfront and pay,” Hanse said. “These grants are a reimbursement deal — it looks like a bigger chunk than it is.”
The total cost for the project is estimated at $2.7 million and the building would house the town court, administrative offices and the highway department, Hanse said in August.
The building would also serve as the highway department garage, replacing the existing highway garage, which is around 80 years old.
The next step for the town board is to seek bids for construction of the new building, which is estimated to be completed by early 2019, Hanse said.
“If we get out to bid we might be able to do it before then,” Hanse said. “We have to go for the least expensive qualified bidder.”
There has been little input about the project from the public, who Hanse said will not see their taxes increase.
“I’d like to say they [residents] trust the board to be doing the work for them,” Hanse said. “We don’t expect to have any impact on the taxes.”
The town board had to work with Coxsackie Village Planning Board, which approved the town’s site plans for the project, Hanse said. The building is also subject to examination by the village building inspector because it is situated in the village.
“That’s their part in this,” Hanse said.
The town plans to sell the Reed Street office, but there are no plans for the fate of the existing town highway garage on Bailey Street across from Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3, Hanse said.
“We still have to have conversation about it,” Hanse said.
From the project’s beginnings, Highway Superintendent Larry Ross and former superintendent Michael Tighe served on the project committee, which also consists of an architect, developers and engineers.
“We needed the superintendents’ input — they were on the committee longer than I’ve been,” Hanse said.
The project is a true bipartisan effort. Hanse said all decisions on the project have been unanimous.
“There’s no political philosophy — our town pretty much works like that,” Hanse said. “Things have been done methodically.”
Councilman Mike Veeder said the board has been united behind the project because it is something everyone agrees has to be done after being in the talking stages for almost 20 years.
“We’re getting excited,” Veeder said. “Hopefully, all the bids come in within budget.”
Several members of the project committee have experience in construction. Veeder praised them for their efforts.
“There’s a lot of talented people on this project.” Veeder said. “Coxsackie is lucky to have them.”
Veeder is an expert in heating, ventilation and air conditioning and said he was able to trim almost $30,000 off the price by reviewing the HVAC part of the project that was estimated to cost more.
“They redesigned this a little bit,” Veeder said.
Hanse said construction has to be accomplished with great care and planning. The new town office will be a steel building that should last for generations if done right, Hanse said.
“We’re not getting a Cadillac, we’re getting a nice Buick here,” Hanse said. “We’re not building to impress.”
Ross declined to comment on the project.
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