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Social Services building project $2 million under budget

Haskell served as county facilities committee chair until he left office in November. Serving on his committee through 2008 were Frank Thomas of Stony Creek, Sterling Goodspeed of Johnsburg, Fred Champagne and William VanNess of Queensbury, and Mike O'Connor and Dan Girard of Glens Falls. Austin and county superintendent of buildings Frank Morehouse worked closely with the group.

Haskell worked tirelessly on the project, scrutinizing details of plans, engineering reports and bid specifications for two years, Austin said. At one point, Haskell guaranteed the county board of supervisors it would be under budget and on time. Tuesday, Haskell said he was pleased with the outcome to date.

"The hours we spent on this project was unreal," he said. "For me, it was a once in a lifetime deal, and I wanted it to be a success - now apparently it is working out, considering the substantial savings."

Austin said the first layer of roof is now on the 60,000-plus square-feet building, and the structural steel work is now complete. The concrete work is now under way for the elevators and stairs. The building is likely to be completed by December, he said.

County budget officer Kevin Geraghty said the $2 million savings would be useful in offsetting increased expenses over which the county has minimal control.

"I'm urging caution, that regardless of the savings, we need to continue to make government smaller in Warren County," he said.

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