County Office building renovations proposed – Cortland Voice


The “legislative chambers” in Room 304 of the Cortland County Office Building. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith/The Cortland Voice).

The Cortland County Buildings and Grounds Committee accepted resolutions Tuesday which may overhaul the legislative chambers and committee room, along with carry very important upgrades to the heating, air circulation, and air conditioning strategies on the county office building’s third flooring.

The initiatives may even be launched on the county’s Federal Aid Allocation Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday and can value as a lot as $800,000 in federal funds appropriated by the county by means of the American Rescue Plan. 

Cortland County obtained $9.2 million in funds by means of the large authorities spending bill. As of March 29, officers suggested The Cortland Voice that the county has allotted $3.21 million for monetary enchancment and infrastructure initiatives all by the county.

Graphic provided by Cortland County.

Legislative chambers renovations

The buildings and grounds committee accepted audio-seen, furnishings, and regular room setting upgrades to rooms 302 and 204 of the county office building. These overhauls might value as a lot as $300,000.    

“We are putting in a wall that can be retracted and that is soundproof so we can turn these two rooms into a large meeting room or two separate committee rooms, if needed, so it is more versatile,” County legislature clerk Savannah Hempstead talked about. “We knocked down the cost with in-kind services from the Department of Buildings and Grounds.” 

The predominant a part of the endeavor, which can take longer than an entire month value of labor, is to hold major audio-seen fixes, Hepmstead talked about. 

“We would put in a better system here with better speakers, better mics, and more up to date technology. It’ll get us up to the 21st century,” she added.

The legislators’ desks would even be new, and the county would moreover usher in new flooring, dwelling home windows, and a latest coat of paint.

“This is a complete overhaul,” Hempstead talked about. She added that the desks would attribute the identical format for legislators. “We are trying to do this project as quickly as possible because we won’t have a meeting room while it is being worked on.”

County legislative chair Kevin Fitch (R-LD8) talked about the endeavor is a necessity.

“This is something that needed to be done,” Fitch talked about. “I would hope that down the road we put this in as updates and add further upgrades as they become available and necessary. That way we don’t let the system get 30 years old again.”

HVAC upgrades to the third flooring

The HVAC upgrades to the third flooring might value as a lot as $500,000, factoring in prices in instruments, in keeping with buildings and grounds director Chuck Miller. 

“We have seen 20 or 30 percent increases in equipment in the first quarter of the year,” he talked about. Miller well-known that the enhancements would include new heating and cooling wall fashions that are “whisper quiet.” 

Miller added the HVAC fashions might also switch the county into the long term. 

“The state is frowning on any installation of units (similar to the ones currently at the County Office Building),” he talked about. Miller well-known the newer strategies might be greener. “(Installing the new systems) makes us better going in that direction.”