Leaked email outlines DSS at Wal-Mart plan
Jul 06, 2011 8:30 pm
Jamie Larson in the Register-Star says that "a high ranking senior official" gave him an email sent this past Saturday, July 2, sent by Supervisor Art Bassin, D-Ancram, to other supervisors and county officials outlining how fast they want to move the Department of Social Services out of Hudson and into the no-abandoned Wal-Mart building in Greenport. Bassin wrote in the message, “we could get DSS into the Town Plaza (Wal-Mart) space by the end of 2011 if we focused primarily on DSS, and were willing to defer the detailed programing and design process on the rest of the potential moves until after the DSS move was done.” The board would have to wait to replace the building’s roof and install the HVAC air quality system until after DSS is occupying the front left 30,000 square foot section of the building. “None of the firms we talked to felt this was a problem,” Bassin wrote, “in fact they pointed out roofs and HVAC systems were replaced in occupied space all the time. We will also defer any cosmetic changes to the building’s exterior, and use the current Walmart entrance for DSS.” Previously, Hudson supervisors have suggested the move will cost too much or county voters should decide on the proposal. Read the full story in the Register-Star.