County committee approves bridge repair studies

HUDSON–The Finance Committee of the county Board of Supervisors met last week and adopted draft resolutions for construction, including funding recommendations for bridge repair studies.

Construction-related items included an authorization to purchase a mini excavator for the Solid Waste Department at a cost not to exceed $99,000; awarding a contract for the purchase of a stainless steel dump truck body to Zwack, Inc. for a cost of $89,995, and authorizing the Highway Department to hire 23 summer laborers under the County’s Summer Youth Employment Program, at a rate of $10 per hour.


The committee also authorized the chairman of the Board of Supervisors to execute a professional services contract with Barton & Loguidice PC of Albany for $9,950 to perform an engineering study for the Gallatinville Bridge. The firm also will study the Bingham Mills Bridge in Clermont and Livingston, for a fee of $9,850.

In other business the committee:

•Filled budgeted vacancies at Pine Haven Home, three positions at the Human Services Department and one at the Department of Social Services

•Approved reappointing Dr. George Davis to the Board of Health for a six-year term

•Approved the vacant budgeted position of assistant public defender, at an annual salary of $46,720

•Authorized the Planning Department to appoint Ed Simonsen of Kinderhook, Ellen Jouret-Epstein of Germantown, Harvey Weber of Copake and Karen Mort of Ghent to the Columbia County Environmental Management Council for two-year terms

•Retained the accounting firm of Toski & Co., CPAs, PC as the county’s independent auditor.  Ron Caponera, county controller, said that after interviewing three firms, Toski’s bid was $10,000 lower than those of the other two firms considered.

These authorizations now go to the full Board of Supervisors for approval at the board’s April meeting.



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