Office project pricetag slashed

NORWICH – A sub-committee has successfully slashed about $445,000 from the county’s West Park Place office building project, bringing its total price tag back within the previously agreed upon $3 million range.

Though details have yet to be disclosed, Chenango County Board Chairman Richard Decker said the consulting architects’ design “got more complicated than we wished it would have.”

The board voted to proceed with the architect’s plans to renovate the century-old jail and Sheriff’s Office in November 2007. The plans that were presented to the board in early March revealed a bottom line that was $3.8 million. Lawmakers quickly tabled the project.

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