County to vote on $10 million bond next week for addition on administration building

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 September 2017 at 4:24 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature has a resolution on its agenda for next week to approve a maximum bond of $10,063,881 for an addition to the County Administration Building on Route 31, behind the nursing home.

The bond is expected to be significantly reduced if the county receives grants for the project. The county has already received a $3,682,748 grant towards the project and could receive more assistance.

This rendering from Wendel shows a proposed 22,000-square-foot addition to the County Administration Building.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in July that Orleans County would receive a $3,682,748 grant to “protect and transform” healthcare in Orleans County.

The funding would support primary care staff from Oak Orchard Health to work out of the county mental health department. The bulk of the funding would go towards an addition on the County Administration Building for the Health Department.

The Health Department currently is housed in a site owned Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC. Comprehensive acquired that building as part of the $7.8 million acquisition on Jan.1, 2015 of the former county nursing home.

County officials pay an annual six-figure rent to Comprehensive for use of the space for the Health Department.

The county can use the lease payments it currently pays Comprehensive to offset some of the local cost for the addition. The county may also relocate the Department of Social Services to the addition, which would bring additional state reimbursement.

The bond would pay to construction the addition, as well as equipment, furnishings, site improvements and other incidental expenses. According to a resolution on the agenda. The bond would be paid back over 25 years.

The meeting to vote on the bond will be Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Legislature’s chambers at the County Clerks’ Building, 3 South Main St., next to the courthouse.

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