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Oneida County lawmakers agree to hospital parking bond

UTICA – A bond resolution for a downtown hospital parking garage was approved at a meeting of the Oneida County Legislative Council on Wednesday.

The 30-year bond clears the way for construction of the parking garage at a maximum estimated cost of $50,900,000 and authorizes the issuance of $30,900,000 bonds.

The price includes parking, a helipad, site improvements, and other related expenses for the structure that will rest near the Wynn Hospital currently under construction (which is located in the Lafayette, Columbia, and State Street area) of the System of Mohawk Valley Health.

Additional funding for the structure — which is expected to start in mid-May and end in October 2023 — will also be funded by $10,000,000 in grants and $10,000,000 guaranteed by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, according to documents.

Bids for the project are expected to open in mid-April, county lawmakers said.

• The county legislature also passed an agreement between Oneida County Emergency Services and the New York State Department of Homeland Security.

The move would approve a $781,082 grant agreement between the county’s Department of Emergency Services and the state’s Division of Homeland Security.

Project work involves continued expansion of the county’s public safety radio system.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins