A project to renovate the Herkimer County Community College cafeteria and the Robert McLaughlin College Center got the go-ahead from the Herkimer County Legislature during a meeting Wednesday evening.
The legislature voted to establish the $1 million project, half of which will be paid for by state funds and the other half with funds coming from the Faculty Student Association with proceeds from its food service contractor. No additional funding is being requested from the county.
Nicholas F. Laino, vice president for administration and finance at HCCC, said in a telephone interview Thursday work on the project will be done from May to August 2013.
Laino noted the college cafeteria was built around 1970 and the needs have changed since then. There are currently 625 students in campus housing who are required to purchase a college meal plan in addition to commuters who also use the cafeteria. The project will provide a facility that will accommodate the increased usage by students and create easier access to the cafeteria and allow for a better traffic flow, said Laino. He said the college center will be updated with central air conditioning. This will include Alumni Hall, which is upstairs in the facility.
Laino said the project is in its early stages. An architect will be retained and the college will advertise for bids from contractors, he said.
In other business Wednesday evening the legislature:
• Approved a resolution to amend the county budget to reflect the receipt of a $53,000 Public Health Preparedness grant (bioterrorism) for the period from July 1, 2012, to June 20, 2013. The resolution also authorized a contract with the state to provide reimbursement of expenses incurred by the county in the development of plans under the grant.
• Authorized a contract with the state Office of Homeland Security to receive a grant of $16,750 through the Homeland Security Grant Program under the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program.
• Authorized a contract in the amount of $39,572 with the state Department of Health to continue the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in the county for the period from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2014.
• Named Mary Susan Meeker, of Mohawk, to work on a part-time contractual basis to assist and train in preparing the 2013 tax levy from Oct. 29 through Jan. 31.
• Authorized a contract with Kids Oneida, of Utica, in the amount of $81,013 to provide detention diversion services through the Supervision and Treatment Services for Juveniles Program.
• Named D’Arcangelo & Co., L.L.P. Certified Public Accountants and Consultants of Utica, to perform auditing services for the county and other services if authorized at a fee of $63,000 for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2012, and $64,250 for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2012.
• Granted an additional one-year leave of absence to Patricia Goodman from her position as a licensed practical nurse so she may continue in the position of superintendent of Country Manor.
Page 2 of 2 - • Authorized an agreement with Swanson Services Corporation of Denver, Colo., to provide and install a Cobra Cashier Lobby Kiosk at the Herkimer County Correctional Facility.
• Authorized an application to National Grid for reimbursement for updated lights and equipment at the Herkimer County Correctional Facility. The county’s funding contribution to the project is not to exceed $1,023.42.
• Set a public hearing on assessment roll for the Part County Sewer District for Nov. 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the legislators’ chambers.
• Reappointed Steven R. Billings, of Dolgeville, personnel officer of the county for another six-year term.
• Amended the Herkimer County STOP-DWI Advisory Board membership to reflect the title of the Herkimer County Legislature chairman be included with the term to expire June 30, 2015.
• Approved the STOP-DWI Plan for 2013.