County Lawmakers Reviewing Options to Rebuild and Repave County Parking Lots
Thursday, February 13, 2014
County Lawmakers Reviewing Options to Rebuild and Repave County Parking Lots
Cortland County lawmakers are considering a project to repave parking lots in and around the County Office Building and Courthouse, the project carries a $700 thousand dollar price tag.
On Tuesday lawmakers on the Legislature's Buildings and Grounds Committee talked about the need to repair and repave county parking lots. 
The primary focus of the discussion was the main parking lot at the County Office Building, County Highway Superintendent Don Chambers says not only does the lot need to be repaved but there is likely substantial subsurface repairs that will need to be done once the existing surface is removed.
Chambers and Buildings and Grounds Director Brian Parker worked with local paving company Suit Kote to develop the price to repave the parking lots, which does not include the additional subsurface and dry well repairs.
Several lawmakers were shocked at the cost of the work and questioned how the county would pay for it. 
County Administrator Martin Murphy suggested the county should borrowing the funds for the work and roll the paving costs in with several other big ticket projects that are planned in the next year or two including the new dam a Little York Lake, capping a full cell at the landfill, and the ongoing highway capital improvment program.
Committee chair Gordon Wheelock balked at borrowing for the work saying the county has more than enough money is reserves to fund the work. Murphy disagreed and said that the county should consider bonding to ease pressure on the county's cash flow and to stay under the state tax cap, as borrowing is excluded from the tax cap.
Legislator Charlie Sudbrink suggested maybe the county should scale the project back and focus on the County Office Building parking area this year, then put money aside to address the other parking areas in the years ahead.
The cost of paving at at the County Office Building alone is estimated at $194 thousand dollars. The committee is expected to consider moving ahead with the paving project in March or April.
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