Towers project costs another $200,000

NORWICH – A resolution authorizing the infusion of $200,000 more for the county’s public safety tower project resulted in a lengthy discussion Monday at a meeting of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors.

Led by questioning from Plymouth Supervisor Jerry Kreiner, who ultimately voted against the measure, the exchange involved several supervisors, the county’s emergency management services director and representatives from one of the project’s engineers and its radio supplier.

The New York State Dormitory Authority, or DASNY, has overseen the tower communications project, called phase II of the $26 million Public Safety Facility building project, since 2002. Its original $3 million price-tag was figured in the cost of the new Sheriff’s Office, 911 Center and jail on Upper Ravine Road in the Town of Norwich. However, it has ultimately ended up costing about $6 million.

Taxpayers have afforded the towers and microwave radio technology via nearly $1 million left over in the building project and the 1 percent sales tax collection implemented in 2002 to pay for the new Public Safety Facility.

The Plymouth supervisor’s dispute with the resolution focused on paying L. Robert Kimball and Associates and DASNY the additional money on top of the half million dollars they had already been paid for services.

“It’s frustrating. We’ve paid these two entities to help with the project, now another $200,000? I thought that’s what engineers do. Where is their liability in this? ... We’ve paid them a lot of money to look down the road for us,” Kreiner said.

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