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Bonds for Fire Training Center & Hospital Improvements

Legislative committees consider multiple bond resolutions for renovations and repairs

 

The Rockland County Planning & Public Works Committee takes up more than a dozen bonding resolutions at Tuesday night’s 7 p.m. meeting. The resolutions cover infrastructure improvements and upgrades to a variety of county buildings.

The bonds include:

  • $650,000 for windows, doors, HVAC, ceiling and other improvements at the Fire Training Center
  • $950,000 for cable and hydraulic elevator upgrades at Building A
  • $500,000 for HVAC improvements at Summit Park Hospital
  • $950,000 for nurse call and patient security systems
  • $650,000 for fire sprinkler system enhancements at Building A
  • $600,000 for MIS-Uninterrupted Power Supply upgrades
  • $500,000 for improvements at the Stony Point Highway Garage
  • $1.8 million for emergency generators and electrical improvements for county government buildings
  • $500,000 for improvement to county government buildings
  • $850,000 for grounds and maintenance equipment purchases
  • $1.7 million to replace the academic building roofs at Rockland Community College
  • $400,000 in additional bonding for renovation of the fire training center’s tower and public safety and burn buildings
  • $43 million in additional bonding for the increased cost of the Western Ramapo Sewer Extension for county Sewer District 1. The increase bring the total allocated to $168 million to provide sewer service in un-sewered areas and to improve service and add connections in Hillburn, Sloatsburg and unincorporated parts of Ramapo.

The committee members will vote on accepting a bid to replace the Waldron Terrace Bridge in Sloatsburg, which was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. HVB Construction of Harriman submitted the $920,000 bid and FEMA is expected to reimburse the county 75 percent of the project cost. They will also vote on allocating $15,000 more to the repair of the Samsondale Avenue Bridge in West Haverstraw. Since the bridge is near the CSX rail tracks a special permit and additional safety measures are required.  McNamee Construction Corp. of Lincolndale was awarded the contract. 

Legislators will vote on accepting $22,500 from Entergy Services Inc. to purchase portable interoperable radios and accessories. The Rockland County Emergency Operations Center and its field staff would use the equipment if an emergency occurs at Indian Point.   

The legislature’s Budget & Finance Committee meeting will follow with a discussion of the budget review conducted by the state comptroller’s office. Other items on the agenda include reconsideration of the proposed 2013 Targeted Voluntary Separation Incentive Program sent back to committee by the full legislature. The proposed agreement applies to the Rockland Association of Management, employees whose benefits mirror those of the union program, and CSEA.

Members will vote on additional reimbursement funds for Nyack Hospital for its Prenatal Clinic Services. More births occurred than were anticipated, 630 compared to 592 and the county is reimbursing the hospital $1,372 per birth for a total of $51,766. 

Several resolutions asking the state legislature to support county initiatives will come up for a committee vote. The resolutions seek support to amend the state constitution to prevent elected officials convicted of felonies from collecting pension and retirement benefits. Approval of the county’s home rule request to issue $96 million in bonds to cover the deficit and to extend the 5/8 of one percent sales and compensating use sales tax for another two years beyond the November 30,2013 expiration date are being sought. Another resolution voices opposition to allowing early voting for general and primary and special elections, which could cost Rockland $1.4 million annually.    

Pat Godfrey April 30, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Bonds. Meaning borrow the money so they can pay with our tax money and our childrens future earnings because they are to greedy, power hungry, or incompetent to actually represent the people who voted them in. How about this for a crazy idea? Cut spending!!!!!
Kevin Roy April 30, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I find it hard to believe that the items listed would cost as much as the values of the bonds.

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