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Glendale Home construction contracts awarded

Dems tout bids as $6M under budget, two legislators call project boondoggle

Republican James Buhrmaster voices opposition to the new Glendale Nursing Home project before the Schenectady County Legislature voted to approve awarding bids on Monday, May 21.

Republican James Buhrmaster voices opposition to the new Glendale Nursing Home project before the Schenectady County Legislature voted to approve awarding bids on Monday, May 21. Photo by John Purcell.

— “This facility gets built at no cost to the taxpayers of Schenectady County,” Hughes said.

He also touted the bids coming in more than $6 million under the authorized construction budget. The county still needs to award a contract for exterior window and doors.

Johnson also said the county did a study that revealed it would be more expensive to repair the current outdated building than to build a new facility.

County Manager Kathleen Rooney said the project is going to be done in two stages, with residents planned to move into the new facility during the fall season of 2013. Following residents being moved, she said the former building would be demolished with landscaping taking place the following spring.

Chairwoman Judith Dagostino said she called for the special meeting quickly so construction wouldn’t be delayed. The Spotlight was faxed a notice at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, for the Monday, May 21, meeting.

The meeting did not include a privilege of the floor for members of the public to speak, which Dagostino said is normal for a special meeting.

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