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Audio of public meeting on Col. County using vacant Walmart for 'operations center'

Dec 09, 2010 12:35 am
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Ken Flood, the CEO of Capital Resource Corporation (CRC) (who is also Columbia County Planning/Economic Development Commissioner), led a discussion Wednesday evening about turning the vacant Wal-Mart store on Fairview Ave. in Greenport into an operations center for Columbia County government. This might mean moving all of the Department of Social Service operations out of Hudson to Greenport. The CRC's Public Information Session was packed with locals who wanted questions answered or had opinions to share. Listen to an mp3 audio recording Victor Mendolia recorded here, or copy and paste the following url into your computer's media player to listen to the meeting:

In addition to moving all DSS operations from 25 Railroad Ave, they current proposal moves the following depts/agencies:

From 325 Columbia
Environmental Health/ Health Dept
Mental Health
Healcare Consortium
Office for the Aging

From 401 State St
Youth Bureau
Stop DWI
Central Services (with Storage Facilities)

From 610 State St
Public Defender
County Historian
Backup 911

From 4303 Rt 9
Col Cty Economic Development Corp

Following these moves, the Board of Supervisors offices and boardroom, Human Resources, Civil Service, Accounts Payable, Payroll, County Attorney, Budget Officer, and Board of Elections are proposed to move to 325 Columbia Street joining the District Attorney's office which is already there. Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera suggested recently that the homeless who are put up at great expense in local motels could be housed at this location with job services. Mr. Flood was also soliciting other ways the building could be used.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="500" caption="Ken Flood of CRC led a presentation about how Columbia County might use the vacant Walmart in Greenport. Meeting held at Hudson Elks Club_120810. Photo by Victor Mendolia"][/caption]

Carole Osterink in The Gossips of Rivertown reports the next meeting is:
"A special meeting of the CRC, at which they may make the first (nonbinding) decision of a series of decisions about this acquisition, has been scheduled for Friday, December 17, at 8 a.m. at Columbia Economic Development Corporation office, 4303 Route 9 (the Holcim building)."