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Costs discussed for records storage site

Initial estimates for a new county records retention facility were discussed at Tuesday's Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting.

County officials cautioned that details of the possible project, including costs and tax impact, have not been finalized.

Supervisors approved applying for a $47,577 state grant for expanding record storage.

Janet Coveny, county records management officer, said county departments need additional records space.

She said $4,000 of the state grant will go for new records software.

County officials said renovating a building on county land in Gainesville will cost $350,000. The 6,000-square-foot vacant structure is next to another county-owned building used for records storage.

Constructing a new building would cost $150,000 if made of wood, while a steel frame building is estimated at $184,000.

"This does not include shelving," said Dennis Halstead, county superintendent of buildings and grounds. "That is a very expensive item."

Halstead said figures discussed Tuesday were very preliminary. Officials said the county has needed another building for records since 1995.

The board also awarded Linda Williams, former administrator of the Workers' Compensation Program, a certificate honoring her service to the county from 1985 until she retired last month.

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