Columbia County is about the start a $9 million expansion and renovation of the courthouse, and the fee to the City of Hudson for the building permit is reported to be $38,728. Public Works Commissioner David Robinson has asked the City to waive the fee, but Mayor Bill Hallenbeck isn't willing to do that. Nathan Mayberg has the story in today's Register-Star: "Courthouse building permit: $38K."
According to Mayberg, Board of Supervisors chair Pat Grattan and county attorney Rob Fitzsimmons plan to come to the Common Council meeting on Monday to ask the Council to waive the fee. Hallenbeck wants Fitzsimmons to address his suit to city attorney Cheryl Roberts and is quoted as saying, "I will leave it to the attorneys to work that out."