To Build Or Not To Build In Lewis County


Lewis County rents space for several of its departments to the tune of a quarter million dollars a year.

"And at the end of the year you've got a box of rent receipts and you know, to me, they're not worth a heck of a lot," said Jack Bush, Building and Grounds Committee.  

This Thursday, the county will open bids on what's expected to be a $10 million project for a new office building next to the county's public safety complex.

"The 19th is due day. That's when they come in and that helps determine what direction we're going," said Mike Tabolt, county Legislature chairman.

There's no guarantee the project will move ahead.

County lawmakers may take a vote after the bids are reviewed.

But there are those who say the county is moving too fast on the project.

They include some village of lowville officials.

"Without a lot of thought process given on the infrastructure, I think the project in and of itself is fatally flawed," said Danny Salmon, Lowville village trustee.

In a three-page letter to the county, Lowville's mayor says she's worried about more traffic on the Stowe Street, which is already in bad shape, and more stress on village sewers and drains.

Those are all unresolved issues, but...

"We are communicating and we're having some very successful meetings," said Mayor Donna Smith.

If things work out, county leaders would like to break ground this fall.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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