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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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County committee presented with updated DSS project plans

DSSby Carol Thompson

What began as an asbestos abatement ceiling project for the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) has turned into a major renovation with a price tag estimated to be over $1.3 million.

Members of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee received a project update Tuesday from Kevin Terry of Ithaca-based Tetra Tech Architects and Engineers.

The project includes the abatement of ceiling tiles and minor floor finishes, modular furniture relocation and reinstallation, painting, carpeting, creation of a new file storage room, miscellaneous wall repairs and replacement of IT and telephone cabling and selected network equipment.

The abatement scope includes construction of a contamination area, removal of carpet, removal of ceiling mounted devices, removal of ceiling tiles in the 1973 constructed wing, removal of data and telephone cabling above ceilings, cleaning, air testing, physical inspection and removal of containment area.

The repair work includes new ceiling tiles, carpet, wall painting, minor floor repairs, the creation of a file storage room, new IT and wiring, power to work stations and a uniform modular furniture layout.

The contracts are expected to be bid next week with a pre-bid meeting held Nov. 12. Bids will be due Dec. 6 with contract awards expected mid-December.

The Mexico DSS staff will be moved into a temporary facility by the end of the year and construction will begin Dec. 31.

Substantial completion is expected April 19 and the project close-out is anticipated May 1.

The abatement contract is estimated to be $214,250 and the general contract is estimated at $441,540. The modular furniture and loose equipment estimated to cost $107,700 and other furniture is estimated at $20,000.

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Oswego County DSS building update to be held today

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee meets today, an update will be presented in regard to the Department of Socials Services building.

Last week, county officials advised the public that low levels of asbestos have been found in ceiling tiles in the older section of the DSS building.

They added that the tiles pose no health threat unless they are damaged or moved.

The county contracted with an environmental testing firm to conduct air quality monitoring and test ceiling tiles for asbestos at the DSS building based upon an employee’s concern.

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