CATSKILL — Crowded in a packed room of the Greene County Legislature chambers Monday night, members of the Public Safety Committee shot down a resolution to fund a study to explore the possibility of a shared Twin County jail.
The proposed feasibility study of the Columbia County Jail, which was expected to cost $60,000, was defeated in a 5-3 vote Monday night.
The cost would have been evenly split between Columbia and Greene counties, or each county spending $30,000. The Columbia County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee voted in favor of spending the money to complete the study to explore the shared jail option.
Committee members passed a resolution to accept a loan of $51,418,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Agriculture to build a new Greene County jail at a site behind the Coxsackie Correctional facility in a 6-2 vote. The interest rate for the loan is 3.5 percent.
Sharing the jail with Columbia County was expected to cut the cost of the project by more than 50 percent.
Pictured: Scott Myers, of Athens, speaking in support of a shared jail between Columbia and Greene counties in Catskill.