The Yates County Legislature has adopted a capital spending plan for major spending through 2023. The plan provides for the final three years of debt payment on the county office building and courthouse. It also includes plans for funding road construction projects, replacing equipment and vehicles, and completing building maintenance and improvements. Anticipated spending in the plan is for projects or equipment purchases with an estimated total cost of $25,000 or more and a useful life exceeding three years, and for all proposed land acquisitions.
The capital plan items become part of each budget, but plans can be adjusted if conditions or needs change over time.
Legislative Chairman Douglas Paddock explains, “The capital plan allows the legislature to understand upcoming major cost items and plan accordingly.”
This plan also lays the financial groundwork for a renovation project at the public safety building and at the highway facility.
The capital plan, which was adopted at the Sept. 10 regular meeting, totals nearly $36 million over six years, and it anticipates that the local Yates County share of the costs will be nearly $25.5 million. The balance will be paid through various forms of aid and fees or other revenue.
Here is a closer look:
• Each year includes between $2 million and $2.4 million in road construction, generally more than $500,000 for trucks and equipment; around $100,000 for computers; and between $185,000 and $200,000 for vehicle replacement.
• 2018, 2019, and 2020 include funds for debt payments for the county office building and courthouse: $1.4 million in 2018 and 2019, and $1.35 million in 2020, the final payment.
• Each year except 2023 includes funds for debt payments for the Horizon Business Park. These payments range from nearly $37,993 to $24,689.
Other costs, by year are:
2018: Courthouse security; phone system replacement; jail showers; and airport sanitary sewer extension. Total project costs: $4.75 million, including $2.99 million of Yates County funds
2019: Phone system replacement; highway facility assessment; and communications study. Total project costs: $4.76 million, including $3.24 million of Yates County funds,
2020: Baseline renovations at the public safety building; voting machines, and polling books. Total project costs: $8.99 million, including $7.2 million of Yates County funds
2021: The first phase of the highway facilities project. Total project costs: $6.5 million, including $4.7 million of Yates County funds.
2022: The second phase of highway facilities project, a communications upgrade project, resurfacing parking and drainage work. Total project costs: $7.3 million, including $5.5 million of Yates County funds.
2023: Chillers for the courthouse and county office building. Total project costs $3.4 million, including $1.9 million of Yates County funds.
Other business at the Sept. 10 legislature meeting included:
• Yates Transit quarterly update: The legislators heard a report from Arc of Yates Chief Operating Officer Mary Mansfield, who said ridership numbers have increased, particularly on the Dundee routes. The service is buying a new bus to add to the fleet and is planning a bus naming event.
• Keuka College: Amy Storey, interim president at Keuka College gave a brief presentation, discussing issues the college faces, including competing with public colleges. Enrollment at Keuka College this year is 1,150 students on campus, 800 across New York State, and 2,000 in Asia.