Engineers prepared to tell lawmakers the jail is crumbling
Steve Hughes is reporting for the Times Union Greene County legislators will hear directly from Kaaterskill Associates May 2 in a meeting that could finally determine the future of the county jail. The engineering firm inspected the original jail building early last month. An engineer told Sheriff George Seeley that one wall was in such bad shape that the jail was a danger to those inside. The Kaaterskill report lays out the potential danger, saying that a only a slight seismic event or even a serious wind storm, would be enough to cause the building's south wall to collapse. The engineer found that water is the main cause of the deterioration separating the wall from the floor. An inspection revealed that as much as 90 percent of the south wall is no longer securely anchored to the floor. Kaaterskill puts the estimated cost of repairing the walls, only, in the $300,000 to $400,000 range. At the May 2 meeting, county lawmakers will be given three plans to choose from: construction of a new facility in Coxsackie; adopting a shared services agreement with Columbia County; or making the needed repairs to the existing jail. The public meeting will be held 5 p.m., May 2, at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill, at which time engineers will present the findings on the jail's structural issues and answer questions from members of the Greene County Legislature. Read the full story in the Times Union.