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Walls start to go up on jail

County lawmakers discussed the controversial garage for the last time Wednesday night.
November 7, 2019 05:32 pm Updated: November 8, 2019 12:35 pm


Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — The jail project is officially going vertical, Bruce Haeussler with The Pike Company said Wednesday.

Haeussler updated the Greene County Legislature on the construction project during the Public Safety Committee meeting.

The 80-cell, 64-bed jail is expected to begin accepting inmates in July 2021. The project is 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.

“We will start to enclose the building next week,” Haeussler said.

Crews have begun erecting steel and Haeussler expects the main part of the building will be complete by Dec. 15.

“We will start doing the roof in the middle of December,” he said.

Electric lines are in, and Haeussler said he expects the facility will have gas by the end of the year.

“We will start pouring slab the beginning of Thanksgiving week,” he said.

Legislator Gregory Davis, R-Greenville, asked where the construction companies source the workers from.

Primarily, the construction companies try to work with local union employees, Haeussler said.

“How many workers are local?” Davis wanted to know. Haeussler estimated about 50%.

Two of the steel workers are from Athens, he said, and there are electricians working on the project from Catskill, Durham, Earlton and Coxsackie.

“That’s great news,” said Legislator Harry Lennon, D-Cairo. “We want as many Greene County residents as possible to take part in this project.”

The crews have also been purchasing supplies from local businesses such as The Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Deans Mills, Haeussler said.

The substantial completion date for the jail is January 2021, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said last month.

Substantial completion means jail personnel can begin moving into the building while final punch-list items are completed, Groden said.

The state Commission of Correction will do a round of inspections after contractors are finished, Groden said.

The jail will be built from new design different from that of the former jail at 80 Bridge St. in Catskill, which was shut down in April 2018.

Instead of three floors, the new jail will occupy one floor.

The old jail used the less preferred method of indirect supervision, which required one correctional officer for every 12 inmates, Groden said.

“Now we can have one CO per pod,” Groden said.

The new jail will be divided into three pods: a pod with 16 beds for female inmates, a pod with 32 beds for male inmates and another pod with 16 beds for male inmates.

Under direct supervision, correctional officers will work directly in the pods, Groden said.


Thank you for this report. In fact, notice there are LESS COs here, which means we loose jobs. While a few workers are from Greene County NONE of the engineers, architects, or contractors are from Greene County. The interest on the loan leaves the county. With justice reforms we’ll have less than 10 detainees, that is unless we jail people just to jail them. There are 600 empty cells in Albany. The projects completely irresponsible.