MORIAH -- Construction of the new Moriah Health Center is expected to start in two weeks.

The Moriah Town Council just awarded contracts totaling $892,830 for a 4,800-square-foot building to be built in the Moriah Business Park in Mineville.

"We're very pleased," Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said. "It came in under budget. And we've got grants to pay for it."

The Health Center is temporarily located in the Moriah Community Center at Mineville, after its previous building was decertified by the State Department of Health because it no longer satisfied state regulations.

"We had to find a permanent place for the Health Center," Scozzafava said. "We went right to work to secure funding."

The town got grants of $400,000 from the Governor's Office for Small Cities Block Grant Program; $389,000, U.S. Department of Commerce; $295,000, U.S. Rep. John McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor); $250,000, Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro); $99,000, U.S. Department of Agriculture; $67,000, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration; and $43,000, National Grid.

"That gave us a budget of $1.04 million," Scozzafava said. "The rest of the money will go toward equipment and furniture for the new Health Center and work at the Business Park."

The town came in about $150,000 under budget on the construction of the building.

The general contractor on the project is S&R Construction of Corinth at $622,500; L.H. LaPlante of Plattsburgh will do the plumbing for $59,000; Brockway Mechanical Systems of Plattsburgh, the heating and ventilation, $93,350; and Hour Electric of Fort Edward, the electrical work, $117,980.

Scozzafava said the lowest bidder on the electrical installation, All-Phase Electric of Ticonderoga, had to be disqualified because the company didn't submit a bid bond with its bid.

"It was a $2,000 difference. They tried to bring the bond in later, but it was too late. The bid opening had been held, and we had to follow the law."

The Essex County Industrial Development Agency is assisting with the project and has hired Kubricky Construction of Glens Falls to do the infrastructure work, like road, water, sewer and storm-water management.

IDA Co-Director Jody Olcott said the work will benefit the Health Center and the park's existing and future tenants.

"The IDA and the Town of Moriah received the Department of Commerce money to bring the road into the park, not just to the Health Center but to the remaining six developable lots in the park.

"We're developing the rest of the park for future tenants."

She said the contracts were awarded just in time for spring construction.

"We'll be up and running within two weeks. We're excited we finally have the money."

Scozzafava praised the IDA, Hudson Headwaters Health Network and the state and federal representatives who helped.

"Without our officials, this would not have happened. The town board, (Port Henry) Village Board and the community have been very supportive of these efforts. We're excited. We are very close to having a Health Center."

The Town of Moriah will own the Health Center and lease it to Hudson Headwaters Health Network, which operates the facility and provides physicians.

"We anticipate groundbreaking in two weeks," Scozzafava said. "We'll be open by December."

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