COXSACKIE — The new Greene County Jail was originally expected to open July 1, but officials are still aiming to bring the facility to full usage in the coming weeks despite delays.
Construction of the jail, located on Route 9W, was delayed by the state for mandated changes to the building as well as construction delays in sourcing materials, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said.
Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said the New York State Commission of Correction, the agency that oversees county jails and other correctional facilities, walked back changes the commission initially approved.
The Commission of Correction is working with the county to address all issues as the jail nears completion, according to a statement from the commission.
Greene County Sheriff Pete Kusminsky said the target opening date is July 26, pending commission approval.
The project did experience some construction delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes made by the state are common to projects such as this, Groden said.
The delay on opening the facility shouldn’t be more than “a few weeks,” Linger said.
Changes to the plan included additional fencing in the recreation yard and additional top soil to cover the clay ground, as well as stone to stabilize the ground, Groden said.
“We could easily put something in to satisfy their requirements,” Linger said.
Despite the delays, the facility is only waiting on its certificate of occupancy and final approval from the Commission of Correction, Groden noted. Groden said the extended construction period “didn’t crush” the project or its budget.
“I have every confidence we will be in the facility in July,” Groden said.
Even with the changes mandated by the state, Groden said the project is still expected to be completed under budget. The project’s budget was approved at about $47.4 million, but with the changes — which will account for 2% of the budget, Groden said — the completed facility should cost about $46.6 million.
The 64-bed facility 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. The jail will contain 12 beds for female inmates and 48 beds for male inmates, while some of the cells are reserved for inmates with distinct classifications and are not available to the general population, according to a February report in The Daily Mail.
The facility was initially approved as an 80-bed jail in November 2018, but due to bail reform passed by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, county lawmakers reduced the population capacity to 64 beds.