Westchester County
New York

Act
ACT-2018-131

BOND ACT-RLEN2-Lenoir Preserve Buildings

Information

Department:County ExecutiveSponsors:County Executive
Category:Bond Act

Body

A BOND ACT authorizing the issuance of SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND ($745,000) DOLLARS in bonds of Westchester County to finance Capital Project RLEN2 - Lenoir Preserve Buildings.

Meeting History

Apr 23, 2018 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

On motion of Ms. Parker the above item was received, filed and referred to the Committees on Budget & Appropriations and Parks, Planning & Economic Development.

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE
Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM Video Budget & Appropriations Committee Meeting

Joint with PPED.

Commissioner O'Connor, deputy Commissioner Tartaglia and David DeLucia from the Department of Parks to discuss capital project ID # 10856- RLEN2- Lenoir Preserve Buildings. This project in the amount of $745,000 to finance the design for rehabilitation of the Wightman Mansion at the County's Lenoir Preserve. Commissioner O'Connor explained that the building is in bad shape, the roof is leaking and has caused damaged inside the building. Chairwoman Borgia asked about the scope of work, Commissioner O'Connor explained because of the roof that the water damaged has reached inside the wall and windows. She said that the entire building needs to be rehabilitated to the studs. Mr. Tartaglia said the heating system also needed to be replaced. They explained that the house was built in the 1850's using granite quarried on the property. It sits on the Hudson River overlooking the Palisades. Once repaired they explained that it could be used for many events and even a catering hall. Chairwoman Borgia and Legislator Shimsky asked of more detail regarding the scope of work be added to the committee report. The members added the following sentence,

"Design will include but not be limited to the roof, internal structure, internal systems including HVAC, mold remediation, and internal integrity of the building."

Legislator Parker asked if the Department can add into energy efficiency aspects into the design. She explained that the savings could help offset the cost of the repairs. Legislator Kaplowitz discussed that as much as we want to save all of these properties and buildings the design may reveal that the building is in worse condition and become a cost to the County instead of an asset. At what point do we decide that the cost to repair is too much for the County. Commissioner O'Connor discussed that they do not accept all properties. Further discussion was held regarding how we handle properties acquired by the County. With a motion by Legislator Maher and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item was approved with a vote of 9-0 as amended.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Sep 17, 2018 9:02 AM  Parks, Planning & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Joint with B&A and PW.

Commissioner O'Connor, deputy Commissioner Tartaglia and David DeLucia from the Department of Parks to discuss capital project ID # 10856- RLEN2- Lenoir Preserve Buildings. This project in the amount of $745,000 to finance the design for rehabilitation of the Wightman Mansion at the County's Lenoir Preserve. Commissioner O'Connor explained that the building is in bad shape, the roof is leaking and has caused damaged inside the building. Chairwoman Borgia asked about the scope of work, Commissioner O'Connor explained because of the roof that the water damaged has reached inside the wall and windows. She said that the entire building needs to be rehabilitated to the studs. Mr. Tartaglia said the heating system also needed to be replaced. They explained that the house was built in the 1850's using granite quarried on the property. It sits on the Hudson River overlooking the Palisades. Once repaired they explained that it could be used for many events and even a catering hall. Chairwoman Borgia and Legislator Shimsky asked of more detail regarding the scope of work be added to the committee report. The members added the following sentence,

"Design will include but not be limited to the roof, internal structure, internal systems including HVAC, mold remediation, and internal integrity of the building."

Legislator Parker asked if the Department can add into energy efficiency aspects into the design. She explained that the savings could help offset the cost of the repairs. Legislator Kaplowitz discussed that as much as we want to save all of these properties and buildings the design may reveal that the building is in worse condition and become a cost to the County instead of an asset. At what point do we decide that the cost to repair is too much for the County. Commissioner O'Connor discussed that they do not accept all properties. Further discussion was held regarding how we handle properties acquired by the County. With a motion by Legislator Maher and seconded by Legislator Parker the item was approved with a vote of 7-0 as amended.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Sep 17, 2018 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

Submitted by COMMITTEES ON BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS AND PARKS, PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Ms. Borgia and Mr. Kaplowitz presented the report and Bond Act and moved that the report be received, filed and approved and the Bond Act adopted, which motion was carried by the following vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
AYES:Catherine Parker, John G. Testa, Nancy Barr, Catherine Borgia, Gordon A. Burrows, Terry A. Clements, Kitley Covill, Margaret A Cunzio, Christopher Johnson, Michael Kaplowitz, Damon Maher, Virginia Perez, MaryJane Shimsky, David J. Tubiolo, Lyndon Williams, Benjamin Boykin
ABSENT:Alfreda Williams