TRANSPORTATION FACILITY - PROPOSITION B

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Why purchase land and build a new transportation facility?

The current transportation facility located next to the Kent Elementary School, was built in the 1960's to accommodate many fewer buses and maintenance vehicles than the 120 that we have today. The space for maintenance is inadequate to properly work on more than one bus at once. In addition there is no room in the maintenance garage to lift buses should the need arise. That work is currently performed outside year-round, regardless of the weather, or in the one indoor bay that has a maintenance pit. Additional, because of Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS watershed regulations, the District cannot wash buses or expand/alter the current facility and the area where buses are parked. Many buses must park on gravel. Such conditions can lead to quicker rot and rust of vehicles.

A new facility would provide safer working conditions and eliminate safety concerns regarding the existing facility's proximity to KES. It also brings the facility into compliance with the NYS DEC. In addition, a new facility with appropriate space for maintenance, fleet parking and a bus wash will maximize the life of the bus fleet.

Total:  $10, 925,736

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What's included?

Land purchase -- $2,800,000
Drainage -- $470,746
Septic -- $89,271
Potable water supply -- $74,393
Paving 2.5 acres + item 4 -- $1,011,738
Concrete curb -- $59,514
Concrete sidewalk -- $22,318
Guide rail, dumpster enclosure, landscaping -- $223,178
Utilities to site -- $111,589
Site lighting -- $178,542
Fire suppression -- $148,785
Fuel pumps -- $223,178
Erosion control during construction -- $37,196
Building (16,000 sf w/one bay shell only) -- $5,475,288

What were the other available properties and why were they determined unsuitable?

With the help of the District’s architect and a local land engineer, several properties were evaluated.

  • 293 Route 311, Kent (at the intersection of Route 311 and Fair St.)
    • 17.1 acres total (# of usable acres not available)
    • Difficult site access – curve restricts sight line on Route 311
    • Difficult to develop with rocky hilltop and slopes to wetlands
    • SEQRA and approvals are not complete and would add 1 to 2 years
    • Purchase cannot happen until SEQRA is complete
    • List price for land:  $1.65M
    • Cost to develop site:  Approximately $1.0M
    • Engineering and legal costs for SEQRA: Approximately $300,000
      TOTAL COST:  $2.95M

  • Ludington Court, Kent (near Kent Highway Department)
    • 91.4 Acres total (# of usable acres not available)
    • Difficult access to site – steep slopes hinder access
    • Difficult to develop – steep slopes and 200’ vertical change
    • SEQRA and approvals are not complete and would add 1 to 2 years
    • Purchase cannot happen until SEQRA is complete
    • List price for land:  $1.55M
    • Cost to develop site:  Approximately $1.5M
    • Engineering and legal costs for SEQRA: Approximately $300,000
      TOTAL COST:  $3.35M

  • 1240 Route 52, Kent (Goldens Bridge Unit Step Co.)
    • 13.7 acres Total (# of usable acres not available)
    • Difficult to develop with rock cliff and rocky hilltop. The land also slopes to wetlands
    • SEQRA and approvals are not complete and would add 1 to 2 years
    • Purchase cannot happen until SEQRA is complete
    • Was not for sale until recently
    • List price for land:  $2.99M
    • Cost to develop site:  Approximately $1.5M
    • Engineering and legal costs for SEQRA: Approximately $300,000
      TOTAL COST:  $4.79M

  • 481 Route 52, Kent (formerly the batting cages)
    • 19.4 acres total with approximately 1 usable acre
    • Difficult to develop with 175’ rise, pond and wetlands 
    • Not for sale -- owned by Putnam County.

  • Putnam County Property, Patterson (Fair Street)
    • Conversation with County Executive
    • Site size is undetermined
    • Much of the site is in or near wetlands
    • Property currently privately owned
    • SEQRA and approvals are not complete and would add 1 to 2 years
    • Purchase cannot happen until SEQRA is complete
    • Purchase price is unknown and the land is currently not for sale