Herkimer Legislature moves forward on jail site

Herkimer is one step closer to seeing a new jail. The State of New York mandated the County build a new jail years ago, and today the Herkimer County Legislature took steps to making that happen.

Posted: Dec. 21, 2017 6:17 PM

The Herkimer County Legislature passed a resolution authorizing an advance payment in connection with the acquisition of the property for the proposed jail site. Herkimer County Attorney Robert Malone explains what that means as for the County.

"This would put the County into title right away, so the County would own it, and the County could move forward with the project, and the only issue that would have to be resolved is how much more money would be paid if any."

So what is this costing the taxpayer? Well, the County is agreeing to pay R.A.G. Herkimer, LLC $584,000 for the property. The County won a costly 7 year litigation battle with the Village, but Herkimer County Sheriff Christopher P. Farber says the cost of building the jail has gone up too.

"Our design has gone up 7 million dollars, and now they want to cut the size of the jail and take the administration offices out of it."

Most of the residents along East German Street Extension are opposed to the project. The new jail would face the back side of their properties, but Herkimer Resident Don Bronson says it’s more than that.

"Because it’s in our back yard, plus the fact that there are other places that are available to them. I mean let’s face it they’ve already spent enough of our money. They don’t want to spend any more, but they’re going to."

If everything goes as planned the County is hoping to start construction on the project as early as 2018.

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