Dutchess plans to spend $ 1 million building HVAC upgrades

POUGHKEEPSIE – Members of the Public Works Committee of the Dutchess County Legislature have been informed of an upcoming proposal to borrow US $ 995,000 to pay for HVAC work in several county buildings. DPW Commissioner Rob Balkind gave an overview of the projects on Thursday evening.

The nearly $ 1 million, according to Balkind, will include $ 350,000 to upgrade the HVAC system at 50 Market Street, which houses the Dutchess County’s parole and family court. Work in the Poughkeepsie building will specifically address ventilation and conditioning of the air, which has become a major concern as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo from Balkind to assistant district manager Bill O’Neil, Balkind said, “New equipment will increase energy efficiency and reduce system failures that can disrupt the operations and services of the district building to the public.”

Next to the family court building, there are plans to convert the DPW maintenance workshop on Dutchess Turnpike from oil heat to natural gas, including the removal of the petroleum storage tank. This project is estimated to cost an estimated $ 170,000. Balkind’s plan also includes converting oil-fired heat to natural gas in four DPW outpost buildings across the county for a total of $ 260,000.

Dutchess County Family Court

The cauldron in the Community and Family Services building on 60 Market Street is to be replaced. The estimated cost is $ 100,000, according to Balkind. The commissioner said that the work contained in this bond decision is not the result of an overall assessment, but the result of observations made by DPW employees during the day-to-day operation of the facilities.

The Legislature’s Public Works Committee will vote on the loan application at its May meeting. If this is approved, it will be voted on by all legislators at the regular May meeting.

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