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Town hall groundbreaking big for Coxsackie

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    A Bishop Beaudry Construction trailer at the site of the Coxsackie Town Hall project.
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    Construction workers at the site of the Coxsackie Town Hall project.
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    The construction site of the future Coxsackie Town Hall on Wednesday.
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    The existing Coxsackie Town Hall at 16 Reed St.
May 16, 2018 11:37 pm

COXSACKIE — The new $2.7 million Coxsackie town office and garage complex is running precisely on schedule, and a groundbreaking ceremony for the site is scheduled later this month.

The building, at 56 Bailey St., will replace the town’s old highway garage and town hall at 16 Reed St. and will house the town court, administrative offices and highway department.

A bond resolution of $3.25 million to finance construction was unanimously passed by the town board last September.

The bond repayment will be spread over a 30-year period. Taxes are not expected to increase to help pay for the project.

“The town shouldn’t have to pay more than it’s budgeted [for],” Coxsackie Town Supervisor Richard Hanse said.

The project’s progress was discussed at a town board meeting Tuesday. The new building will last decades and will be fireproof, Hanse said.

“I think it’s going to be a building complex that our town can be very proud of,” he added.

Councilwoman Linda Wilkinson agreed it’s satisfying to see the project come to fruition, she said during the meeting.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the building will be held May 25 at 11 a.m. on Bailey Street. State Sen. George Amedore Jr., R-46, will attend, Hanse said.

A $500,000 grant for the project secured in January 2017 will help alleviate the burden on taxpayers so they don’t have to pay the debt service, Amedore said Wednesday.

In March, the town board approved bids from companies for various features of the project, Hanse said.

Castleton-based Wm. J. Keller & Sons Construction Corp. is the contractor for site preparation. Plank Construction Services, LLC, of Schenectady, will handle general construction and Waterford-based Burniche Piping Inc. will oversee plumbing.

RMB Heating and Cooling, of Schenectady, will supervise the project’s mechanical aspects and East Greenbush-based John Coyne Electrical Contracting Inc. is taking care of the electrical work, fire alarms and security system.

“By law, we put it out to bid; we got a lot of bids back,” Hanse said in March.

Bishop Beaudry Construction, of Schenectady, was named construction manager for the project, Hanse said Tuesday.

The building’s ground level has to be raised by 5 feet above street level for drainage purposes.

A bio-retention pond will be constructed close to the site so vegetation can be planted in it to absorb water and prevent flooding, Hanse said.

“The water is dispersed without going out into the road and causing trouble,” he said. “It’s going to have all these plantings that are very efficient at soaking up water.”

The project is expected to be completed by January and town officials are planning to sell the Reed Street building.

The building would be perfect for a business, Hanse said.

“We would love it to become a commercial enterprise down here because, as you can see, Reed Street is becoming more vibrant,” he said.

Town highway workers will get the adequate upgrades and expansions they need, Amedore said, addressing the highway department’s move into its new quarters.

“They all work hard to maintain their roads,” the senator said. “You need the proper facilities.”

The new town hall groundbreaking is an important moment for Coxsackie, Amedore said.

“It will really help to build the local community there,” he said.

To reach reporter Daniel Zuckerman email or follow him on Twitter @DZuckerman_CGM.