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Audio Feature: April 18 Greene County jail information meeting

Apr 20, 2017 12:02 am
The New Baltimore Democrats held an information session about the proposed new Greene County Jail Tue. April 18. Under the proposal, the county would build a new jail in Coxsackie, moving from next to the county courthouse in Catskill. County administrator Shaun Groden, and county legislators William Lawrence (R-Cairo), Lori Torgersen (D-Windham-Ashland-Jewett-Prattsville), and Pat Linger (R-New Baltimore) were scheduled to attend. The exact cost of the new jail has yet to be determined, but previous reports put the price tag at nearly $70 million, plus the cost of the interest on the bond. The information meeting was held at the Medway-Grapeville Firehouse in Hannacroix.

Beth Schneck recorded the meeting for WGXC.
Click here to download or listen to Part 1 the meeting.
Click here to download or listen to Part 2 the meeting.

Call to order
First speaker: Shaun Groden, Greene County Administrator
Average stay in the county jail is less than 50 days 
Drug treatment and training
Greene County receives no money from the state of New York
Reducing size? Cells come in pairs; double-bed cells
How much? Started at $51.3 million, now at $46.7 million. More will be cut. This represents the cost of building only, and not amortized over 30 years.
Interest rate is locked in. Description of how this process works.
Not able to whittle down price below $38 million.
Greene County Legislator Lori Torgersen for the 6th District (Prattsville, Ashland, Windham, Jewett) 
Shaun Groden
Solar usage at jail
Water reservoir used and concerns

UPDATED Thu., Apr. 20 to correct the event host and the project cost.