Saturday, April 9, 2011

More on Walmart

The Register-Star has two articles this morning about the plan, announced yesterday by Board of Supervisors chair Roy Brown, to purchase the old Walmart building in Greenport and consolidate county offices there.

The first article, by Francesca Olsen, outlines what she calls "Brown's plan" for consolidating county offices and selling various county buildings in Hudson as well as the old Ockawamick School acquired by the county in 2008: "Brown floats office consolidation plan." Olsen reports that Brown "plans to bring the recommendation to the board’s public works committee this month [April 27], and hopes the board will pass a resolution accepting the idea, and the property’s purchase, at its full meeting in May [May 11]."

In the second article, Jamie Larson reports the reactions of Mayor Rick Scalera, Fourth Ward Supervisor William Hughes, and Linda Mussmann to the news: "City reactions to consolidation plan are mixed." According to the article, Scalera "met with Brown and other county officials Monday, and proposed to them an option that almost exactly mirrored Brown’s announcement Friday." Scalera, however, had one suggestion for the county. Instead of selling 401 State Street, they should deed it and its parking lot to the City of Hudson. What plans might the mayor have for the building?

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