County board takes on a number of issues

— While some didn’t agree with the reason behind the study, the Essex County Board of Supervisors enacted the next phase in the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

In their Feb. 6 regular board meeting, the supervisors passed a pair of resolutions — one to solicit proposals for a Phase One Environmental Evaluation on the nursing home and one to seek quotes for the work of a title search.

Moriah’s Thomas “Tom” Scozzafava said that while he was still against the sale of the home, he felt an environmental evaluation of the site was needed.

“I support this because in the future, this is something that we can use down the road when looking at what needs to be done,” said Scozzafava.

Willsboro’s Ed Hatch questioned County Manager Daniel Palmer on if the evaluation should be done, and funded, by an potential buyer.

“If we do this and then a flag comes up and we have no one that buys, then we have another problem coming up,” Hatch said.

County Attorney Dan Manning said that the study is done for that purpose, to identify the potential for concerns, and that the evaluation would run between $2,500 and $4,000.

“It is prudent that it is done in advance because we do not have a finance package in place,” North Elba’s Robert “Roby” Politi said.

Radio system moves forward

The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase the Essex County share of the new microwave system for the emergency services communications project at a total of $1,075,715 and equipment from state contract for the public safety radio system in the amount of $24,851.35 during its Feb. 6 meeting.

County Manager Daniel Palmer explained that the financing for the project was a three-entity effort between the county, New York State Police and New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG).

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