Legislature seeks additional bids for old county jail demolition

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s old jail study committee met last week to interview prospective engineering firms and made a decision to rebid the contract.

Legislator Morris Sorbello, chairman of the committee, said that a new round of request for proposals will be issued because the demolition may not require as much as first thought.

“We may get a better price,” he said.

The three companies interviewed included Barton & Loguidice of Syracuse, Fisher Associates of Syracuse and GHD of Rochester.

Legislators have been grappling with the old jail for years. The exterior structure is deteriorating and bricks have fallen from the building.

The interior has much steel, the committee noted, that can be sold once the demolition is complete.

The jail has been empty for nearly two decades. The building has about 100 small 6-foot-by-8-foot cells. There is also a four-story building that once housed offices and the sheriff’s residence.

Antique furniture once adorned the jail. According to County Administrator Phil Church, the furniture was sold at auction a number of years ago.

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