New Locations for Some Lewis County Offices

New Locations for Some Lewis County Offices

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The people at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County are packing up boxes and getting ready for their big move to the new Lewis County - Jefferson Community College Education Center.

"It's been a big task, everyone's cleaning file cabinets and shelves, trying to decide what we take and what's relevant," said Kelly Kunz, parent educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County.

Along with the cooperative extension, JCC and BOCES will also be moving in to the new center in the next few weeks. 

County Manager Ryan Piche said the construction is mostly finished, and the building will be open for business on Feb. 1.

"At this point we're working on moving in technology, the smart boards, the projectors, the servers and all of the technology aspects of the building. Furniture will move in shortly after that. We have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 24," said Piche.

And with the Cooperative Extension moving out of the county office building on Stowe Street, it makes room for the Office for the Aging to move in sometime in March.

Right now, the county rents the Office for the Aging's space, so the move will save the county about $40,000 next year. It also brings the Office for the Aging into the same building as the Department of Social Services.

"Office for the Aging and Social Services do a lot of work together, they implement a lot of the same programs so having them in the same space also offers us some efficiency gains where those two departments can work together," said Piche.

The county also rents a building on State Route 12 south of Lowville for its Department of Motor Vehicles.

Next month, the board of legislators will look at possibly moving the DMV to a new location.

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