COOPERSTOWN – An engineering firm specializing in prisons this morning proposed $16.8 million in renovations and expansions to the 25-year-old Otsego County Correctional Facility at The Meadows, including a futuristic 32-cell “pod” addition , to the county Board of Representatives.
Which begged the question, and county Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, asked it: “What would it cost to build a new facililty?”
The answer from Mark Kukuvka, representing Labella Associates of Rochester: $35 million, if one now being built by Herkimer County were the model.
Short of a new prison, Kukuvka outlined three options:
COOPERSTOWN – Four inmates of the Otsego County Correctional Facility were arrested and charged with possessing drugs and other forbidden items in their cells after guards reported smelling marijuana in the hallways.