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Rockland Legislature To Consider Sale of RCC Satellite Building

Legislators to vote on asking state officials for approval to charge probation supervision fees

 

The Rockland County Legislature will vote tonight on authorizing the county’s director of purchasing to advertise the sale of ’s (RCC) satellite campus building in Spring Valley.  The county-owned property at 185 North Main Street has been labeled as “no longer necessary for public use.”

Rockland acquired the property from the East Ramapo School District on Jan. 28, 1977 for use by RCC. The extension center has been serving students from Spring Valley and the surrounding area for decades. The three-story building is a former elementary school with 15 classrooms, an auditorium and has been nominated for historic status.

According to RCC's website, a variety of courses have been offered at the location in subjects such as English, Psychology, Math, English as a Second Language and Automotive Technology. The College’s Center for Personal and Professional Development held non-credit courses. The building also housed Senior Adult Programs, including the Institute for Senior Education, which offers educational and recreational classes for people over age 50, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), the RCC Senior Club and Ramapo Senior Center.

The legislators will decide if the building should be offered for sale to a municipality or private purchaser, whichever makes the higher offer. Sale of the building was one of the measures recommended by the county executive as a way to help close the

Additionally, County legislators will vote on asking their state counterparts to pass bills to permit the charging of fees.  The request calls for amending the state law to allow a local law to charge a fee to individuals under probation supervision.  The fee would go up to $20 monthly for those convicted of a crime.  Currently, probation can charge a $30 per month administrative fee for supervision of people convicted of drinking while driving crimes.

Several resolutions for purchases by the will be presented.   A $5 million bond resolution for road resurfacing would also include sidewalks, curbs, gutters, drainage, grading and more.  A $6 million bond resolution would authorize financing to purchase new equipment for the highway department.  The new equipment would cost $5.9 million and new vehicles would cost $100,000.

The legislature will also take up a resolution to advertise for bids for county road resurfacing with a price tag of $2,750,000.  Roads in Clarkstown and Orangetown will receive a two-inch overlay.

The identified local roads are:

  • Middletown Road from Route 59 to Smith Road
  • Little Tor Road from West Clarkstown Road to Milich Lane
  • Eckerson Road from West Clarkstown Road to Route 45
  • Congers Road from Route 304 to Brewery Road
  • Veterans Memorial Drive from Old Middletown Road to Blue Hill Road South
  • Townline Road from Ehrhardt Road to Sickletown Road.

The legislative meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the county office building at 11 New Hempstead Road.     

Michael Grella April 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
If they sell it you know who's going to by it.
Rob T April 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
If they do, will 500 families live there ? And will it be sold for a 10,000 vote block ?
Watchdog April 03, 2012 at 08:39 PM
We are DOOMED. UNIONS andBLOC vote in solidarity as brothers. We are DOOMED. Buy a second home outside of Rockand and rent it out so you have someplace to go when you areforcedto sell. Leave THE UNIONS and the BLOC to live together on the cesspool they created.
James R April 04, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I heard Mayor Jasmin was interested in this property but it seems that Spring Valley has no money for Animal Control so I guess they are out of luck. Kudos to Joe Meyers for asking that they take another look at this property before they let it go up for grabs.

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