Phase 1 of old jail study to begin

by Carol Thompson

For more than a decade, the Oswego County Legislature has been discussing what to do with the former jail that sits across the street from the Public Safety Center.

Recently, a committee was formed to study the options for the ailing building, which is located off Route 481.

During the first committee meeting held Wednesday, it was decided that the first step should be an environmental study to determine if there is any inactive fuel oil or underground gas tanks as well as storm sewers.

The condition of the former jail was discussed and Legislator Morris Sorbello, who serves as the chairman of the new committee, said he had gone on a recent tour of the facility.

“I personally don’t see any way we could do anything with that building,” he said, noting that it is primarily concrete and steel.

County Administrator Phil Church recommended the committee have the purchasing department make some calls to obtain a ballpark figure as to how much an environmental study would cost so that request for proposals can be solicited.

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