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Horace Nye transformer study sparks debate

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I can tell you that this is not a fair price,” Scozzafava said. “This is a lot of money just to go over and size a project up.”

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey also asked where the money was going to come from to fund the study.

“This is going to be an issue of where in the Horace Nye budget we can fund this from,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said. “I could say that we just take it out of contingency, but then it puts no pressure on anyone to look at their budget and find a place within to fund this.”

“If we are going to authorize any spending, then we need to know where it is coming from,” Montgomery-Corey said.

Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell said he wanted more information on what the study would entail.

“This might be a lot more than just replacing a transformer,” Scozzafava said.

Palmer said the current transformer was put in place between 1968 and 1972 and is considered a major issue.

“It has gone out before and they were lucky to get it back on,” Palmer said. “This is a public safety and health issue.”

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