CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers received their first official engineering update on the new county jail project Monday night and they mostly liked what they heard.
Bruce Haeussler with The Pike Company, a construction management service, presented to county officials on the project. Construction began in late June off Route 9W in Coxsackie and is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. The project is being funded by a $39 million bond from Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc at 2.49% interest and an $8.1 million contribution from the county.
“There are two things we want to hear: under budget and on time,” Legislator Harry Lennon, D-Cairo, said.
The project, despite its late start, is ahead of schedule, Haeussler said.
“They are working 10- to 12-hour days, six days a week,” he said.
Haeussler expects that by December, the project will be halfway completed, he said.
In terms of budget, contractors have not run into any significant obstacles, he said.
“We did have some excess topsoil which caused a contractor to bring in gravel,” Haeussler said, adding that he did not have cost estimates for the unanticipated expense.
Legislator Matthew Luvera, R-Catskill, wanted to keep such expenses to a minimum, he said.
“There need to be no change orders,” he said. “That’s the message we want to be brought back to contractors. They need to stay on task and know we’re watching.”
On the jail site, the water line and sanitary lines have been installed, Haeussler said.
“The pump house is in, we are assembling pump parts,” he said. “We are about 75 percent done.”
The sewer and water lines extend off the property and connect to the lines at the Greene and Coxsackie Correctional facilities.
Haeussler expects that the entire system will be completed in December, he said.
Next on the agenda is pouring concrete for the piers, which began Tuesday, Haeussler said.
“Piers are an interior footing for the steel columns to sit on,” he said.
There are about 52 piers in the jail, Haeussler said.
Contractors will then lay the plumbing and electrical work for the building before pouring the concrete slab, Haeussler said.
The roads around the jail will be paved in October, Haeussler said.
County Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Bill Smith asked if the county will need to do snow removal.
“The contractor will be hiring someone local,” Haeussler said.
Luvera asked about the start date for the garage, which has been a point of contention for the legislature. In March, a motion to remove the $1.3 million garage with a full HVAC system and restrooms from the plans failed to pass in a 7-7 deadlock.
Legislators Luvera, Micheal Bulich, Linda Overbaugh and Jack Keller, all R-Catskill; Charles Martinez, R-Coxsackie; Thomas Hobart, R-Coxsackie; and Patricia Handel, R-Durham, voted in favor of removing the garage.
Legislators William Lawrence, R-Cairo; Harry Lennon, D-Cairo; Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore; Ed Bloomer, R-Athens; James Thorington, R-Windham; Larry Gardner, D-Hunter; and Gregory Davis, R-Greenville, voted against the resolution.
“We have not discussed that yet,” Haeussler said Monday, alluding to the garage.
“I’m in favor of taking that right off the project,” Luvera said.
“I agree with Matt for once,” Martinez said.
The building will house the Greene County Sheriff’s Office boats, all-terrain vehicles, SWAT team trucks and possibly dogs for the K9 unit, Sheriff Greg Seeley said in March.
The sheriff’s office does not have a current central storage location for its vehicles, Seeley said.
“Instead of being scattered around the county, they will all be right there for corrections and deputies to use for training,” he said, adding that other agencies are welcome to train at the site as well.