Schenectady County

Schenectady County Legislature votes to buy dispatch center building

The new Schenectady County Unified Communications Center in 2015.

The new Schenectady County Unified Communications Center in 2015.

ROTTERDAM — After years of leasing the building that houses the Schenectady County Unified Communication Center, the county on Tuesday approved buying the building using a 25-year bond. 

The Legislature voted 13-0 to purchase the 4,320-square-foot building at 1694 Hamburg St. in Rotterdam for $1.5 million.

Legislator Jeffrey McDonald, D-Schenectady, was absent from the meeting. Republican Brian McGarry, who represents the towns of Duanesburg, Princetown and Rotterdam, was excused.

The county has been using the building since 2014 for its consolidated dispatch center, where it currently houses 45 dispatchers. 

“It’s been a tremendous success,” said County Manager Rory Fluman before the meeting Tuesday. 

Fluman said the county decided to purchase the building because it was more cost-effective than continuing to lease the building.

Fluman said the county could see a cost saving of over $14,200 the first year and in 30 years there could be a savings of over $133,500 a year. 

The county is leasing the building for around $110,000 a year, but that could escalate to around $150,000 a year in 25 years. 

There would be an annual $15,000 cost for maintenance and upkeep of the building, which Fluman said will be folded into the center’s yearly budget. He also said the building also houses the Board of Elections next door, making it easier to clean both spaces. 

The county has already invested money into the building in relation to an $18 million radio infrastructure project.

“This would be an ideal building for the county to purchase,” Fluman said during the meeting. 

The cost of the bond payment would be looped into the oversight committee, which is made up of representatives of the municipalities who share the cost of the center’s operations. Those payments are divided by call volume for municipalities.

Legislator Richard Ruzzo, D-Schenectady, asked whether the building allowed for continued expansion in the future. 

“We do, that’s another benefit of purchasing the building,” Fluman said.

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