Schenectady resident David Prusky, a union worker and Marine veteran, expressed his support for the proposed Project Labor Agreement at the Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued He also pointed to Saratoga and Montgomery Counties getting out of publicly owned nursing homes, and to Albany County’s perennial reviews of the issue. He also questioned the nearly $750,000 savings figure quoted by county officials.
Open space to be preserved
The push to preserve the adjacent sledding hill and open space next to the Indian Kill Nature Preserve also reached a conclusion Tuesday, with legislators approving a formal parkland dedication upon construction of the new home. The home is planned to be done in April of 2014.
Concerns raised by legislators were addressed in the resolution, such as precisely laying the boundaries of the designated parkland. A portion of land behind the current home was excluded from the designation. The open space being preserved as parkland totals almost 20 acres.
Buhrmaster expressed support of the designation, which he has advocated for, but didn’t agree with the delayed designation.
“I feel bad that it is off two to three to four years,” he said. “We should be doing it today, right now, to go in effect immediately and not at the completion of the nursing home.”
Hughes echoed concerns of fellow legislators and said it would be “imprudent” to designate the land before the new facility is in place since there is a possibility of encroachment onto the land during the construction project.
County Attorney Christopher Gardner previously said the land could already be legally considered parkland due to its previous usage.
Hughes after the meeting explained why the designation is imprudent even if it is legally considered parkland in the county attorney’s opinion.
“Maybe it is just semantics,” Hugh said, “but if you are going to formalize it as we are … it seems to me to make that action effective once you are certain that nothing in the construction of the new home or demolition of the old home is going to put you in a situation in which you might have to encroach, even temporarily, on what you have now designated to be parkland.”