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March 29, 2014

Engineering approved for Essex Co. Government Center roof work

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Government Center needs new roofing, while the County Highway Department garage requires new siding.

This week, the Essex County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee approved spending $32,000 to have AES Northeast of Plattsburgh prepare engineering plans for the roof replacement at the county’s main complex in Elizabethtown.

“We have several roof issues,” Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne told lawmakers. “We have areas where there’s rotting sheathing that needs replacing.”

LaVigne, who’s retiring in May, said the county complex has sections built in 1809, 1931 and 1950.

“AES will do the design, complete with specs, ready for bid,” LaVigne said. “We will do the worst (roof) first and move on to the next.”

The committee voted 7-1 to hire AES. Supervisor Michael Marnell (R-Schroon) voted no because he wanted to issue a request for proposals to compare prices for the engineering work.

‘NOT THE YEAR’

LaVigne ran into problems when he wanted to spend an additional $28,000 to hire a contractor to put new fiber cement siding on the County Highway Department garage in Lewis.

The project had been budgeted at $100,000, with the country DPW crew doing the work.

LaVigne said the crew will be occupied with other projects and not available until at least fall to put up the siding.

Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) was critical of spending more money on the project.

“Why can’t we take the old siding off? Why do we have to pay a contractor?” he asked. “This is not the year we should be dipping into fund balance (to pay for unbudgeted items).”

LaVigne said he just wants to get it done.

“That (having the crew do it) was our original intent. We’re on to other projects.”

He said he got prices for the work, and that was the lowest.

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