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Greene jail ahead of schedule

Sep 11, 2019 12:41 am
Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the construction manager building the new jail for Greene County in Coxsackie says the project is ahead of schedule. So far, extra gravel is about the only cost overrun. Workers began pouring concrete for the piers on Sept. 10. “They are working 10- to 12-hour days, six days a week,” said Bruce Haeussler with The Pike Company. Greene County legislators voted for a $39-million bond last September based on an 80-bed jail proposal. Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden has been saying this year, as opposition to the jail increased, that it would be a 48-bed facility. After the jail was approved by the legislature, that changed to a 60-bed facility, the current line from Groden. Last October Greene County Legislator William Lawrence (R-Cairo), chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said, on average, Greene County residents can expect a 6.73 percent tax increase next year because of the construction. The tax increases are similar across the county with Windham residents seeing the lowest increase of 6.48 percent, and Ashland residents receiving the largest increase, of 6.91 percent. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.