Legislators approve DSS temporary relocation deal

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature met recently, the final order of business was to approve a contract for the temporary relocation of the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS).

The department will be temporarily located in the former Cayuga County Community College location in Fulton while contractors complete an asbestos abatement project with a cost that has escalated from double to triple digits.

The county received three bids for the moving project.

The highest bid was received from Delaney Moving of Syracuse, who submitted a proposal of $149,900. The second lowest bidder was Syracuse-based Fox Hollow Movers at $125,920.

The low bidder, Greater Syracuse Moving, was awarded the bid at a cost of $79,367.

Legislator Doug Malone cast the lone opposing vote with Legislator Art Ospelt absent and Legislator Amy Tresidder excused due to a death in the family.

County Administrator Phil Church said the bid is higher than the original budget estimate.

Other bids are due soon for construction and electrical and the legislature will make a decision what work beyond the asbestos abatement that they want to approve.

Legislator James Karasek said the public should be informed that a good portion of the increase is due to complying with HIPAA laws and the moving of confidential files.

“That drove the cost up a great deal on this,” he said, adding that the legislature wasn’t aware of it when the project planning was started.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey said he is concerned because the project is only in phase one and the costs are already $50,000 more than anticipated. “It’s very substantial,” he said.

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