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County Board Pulls Resolution to Move Forward With Purchase of Delhi Site for DPW

By Rosie Cunningham

DERosie Cunningham/The Reporter Fred and Barbara Onasch, want the board to vote ‘no’ to the McFarland site in Delhi, a potential new site for the county DPW. The couple’s property neighbors the Delhi site which the board was slated to vote on during the Delaware County Board of Supervisor meeting.Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Fred and Barbara Onasch, want the board to vote ‘no’ to the McFarland site in Delhi, a potential new site for the county DPW. The couple’s property neighbors the Delhi site which the board was slated to vote on during the Delaware County Board of Supervisor meeting.
LAWARE COUNTY - It’s back to the drawing board for the Delaware County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in determining a site for the Delaware County Department of Public Works (DPW).

The BOS was finally set to vote today at 1 p.m. (111 Main Street, Delhi) on an option to purchase property two miles outside the village of Delhi on County Route 18 to be the future site of the DPW facility - the cost for the project is slated to be $23 million.

Sam Rowe, Hancock Supervisor, spoke on behalf of the DPW committee and asked that the resolution to pass the option to purchase the Delhi property be pulled.  He said the board was not prepared to vote on the option to purchase the Delhi property, a decision which visibly surprised those in attendance at the meeting.

“The asking price on the Bishop property (Hamden site) has been changed,” said Rowe.  “The whole basis of the presentation was based on a different price for that property and now, we are not prepared to move forward with the resolution at this time. It changed the concept of everything. We hope to study it further and bring something back at a later date.”

If approved, the option would have authorized an agreement with Delhi landowner Robert Marty for up to two years at a cost of $60,000 per year to allow for environmental, archeological and physical studies to determine if the site is suitable for the development of the facility. If the Delhi site proved acceptable, a bridge will be built across Delaware River, to make the facility accessible from NY state Highway 10.

The Bishop property on Route 10 in Hamden is a site that many believe should be the pick, according to Walton Town Supervisor Charlie Gregory.

“Initially, Mr. Bishop was asking $3 million,” said Gregory. “However, he reduced the price to $1.4 million, which is the same price as the Delhi location.”

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County Planning Board Director Shelly Johnson-Bennett walks alongside Andes Supervisor Wayland Gladstone, prior to the board of supervisors meeting as protestors look on.Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter County Planning Board Director Shelly Johnson-Bennett walks alongside Andes Supervisor Wayland Gladstone, prior to the board of supervisors meeting as protestors look on.

Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield commented on the decision to pull the resolution and briefly discussed considering a hybrid solution once again - an option that he said is “perhaps what is best for the Delhi community."

“We should consider building an administrative facility up on the current lot on the corner,” he said. “That administrative site would cost $4.33 million and then the rest of it, on a site somewhere whether it’s Hamden or whatever - Hamden appears to be the next one in line. That would relieve the site from having this administrative building on it and we will better be able to utilize the Hamden site. I am suggesting that this way, some of the jobs remain in Delhi which is important to Delhi. Am I thrilled about taking property off the tax roll (Hamden), not really, but there are other things that need to be considered. I think it would behoove the committee to look at a hybrid possibility once again.”

Currently, the county’s public works facility is on Page Avenue in the village of Delhi, a location that the board and DPW Commissioner Wayne Reynolds has repeatedly said needs to be vacated first and foremost, because portions of the facility are located in the flood zone.

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