Saratoga County is considering moving forward with the construction of a new public safety building after the 2007 economic downswing halted previous plans.
Early this year it was revealed that $15.3 million was included in the 2018 budget proposal for construction of the new 63,000-square-foot facility.
Previously, plans were tabled after the economy tanked due to the housing market crash, forcing the county to prioritize and allocate much needed funds for the county animal shelter.
Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Kinowski said if the project is approved by the Board of Supervisors–ground-break could happen as early as this Spring, The Daily Gazette reported.
The new building would be located on the corner of County Farm Rd. and Fairground Ave. and the sheriff’s department, probation department, public health services and 911 dispatch services would all be housed under one roof.
County Administrator Spencer Hellwig said several of these departments are in need of an expanded space, namely the probation department, after Raise the Age was signed into state law in April, which raises the age of legal responsibility to 18, The Daily Gazette reported.
“If they no longer go through criminal court, there needs to be more staff in the department, which would require more juvenile officers as a result,” he said. “While we typically find ways to manage with the resources we have, there comes a point where you need staff to meet the increased demand,” Hellwig said.
While the county is reporting the cost in projection intervals, overall, the project is estimated to cost $30 million.