Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Auberger's New Math "Saves" $$

  
Yesterday's D&C reported that the Town of Greece is planning to expend $343,600 to revamp the old Dept. of Human Services facility on Maiden Ln. so that the Greece Police Dept. can use it as a "new" second precinct building. The current second precinct facility on Fetzner Rd. has been rented by the town for about $22,000/year.

"Any opportunity to eliminate costly lease payments and to use town-owned facilities is a win-win." ~~ Town Supervisor John Auberger

SCATS ~~ According to my rudimentary calculations, we could lease the current facility very reasonably for the NEXT 15 YEARS and still not spend the amount we will pay to refurbish the old DHS location! Exactly WHERE is the savings? The argument that this puts the police closer to where the crime happens in the Dewey/Stone area isn't accurate either, since the police are in their cars on patrol, not sitting in the precinct offices! How stupid do you think the taxpayers are Mr. Auberger???
 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

And that other building they are leasing on Fetzner is still available and already has modern accessibility and insulation.
$22,000 per year is $1833 per month which would only get you a storefront shop at the Wegmans plaza at Latta Long Pond of about 800 ft. The property on Fetzner is 4000 sq ft. it is a bargain.
Maybe they prefer the building on Maiden because it is so secluded as opposed to the present site which is very open to the public view now that they are planning to interrogate people there.
But don't tell us you are doing it to save us money, John.

Anonymous said...

I did the "math" on that deal also and couldn't agree more. The sheeple of Greece have been snookered once more by our white-collar criminal politicians.

The only question that is unanswered is who or what special interest group is profiting from this deal? Or was this to punish the current lessor on Fetzner. Or did a favorite contractor need a sweetheart remodel job?

One thing we do know is that it was not done to save tax dollars.

Dave Garretson said...

The actual payback time is more like 4 years, not 15, and that's assuming that the GPD station were to remain the inadequate space with no rent increase. Most of the remodeling cost is being covered by a federal block grant for the energy improvements.

I oppose much of what happens at Town Hall, but not this time. This looks like a good move. Better facility, cheaper, and brings the station closer to Dewey Avenue.

Anonymous said...

OK, If I am reading this right, $230,000 is coming from the Federal Government. Also, capital improvements can be written off and then depreciated, vs. rent expense which has no tax benefits. The article doesn't say that the rent is actually $22,000 - that would be ridiculously low for year for that place. It says that 22K is being saved per year, which is probably the difference between the new cost (depreciation of the improvements) over the actual rent.

SCATS said...

To Dave ~~ Please explain where you get the 4 year figure? The block grant funds are being paid for by whom? Let me guess ... you AND me! It just comes from a different pocket ;)

Using the new facility's proximity to Dewey Ave. as a reason to spend the $$ is a load of BS in my opinion. The cops do NOT sit in the precint, they are in their cars on patrol ... or should be.

By the way, maybe we're giving TOO MUCH ATTENTION to Dewey Ave. at the expense of areas adjacent to them. The Mt. Read corridor and neighborhoods are no paragon of lawfulness. I still haven't heard any official cause of death given for the body found in the parking lot of the apt. complex. A look at the police blotter shows MUCH criminal mischief occurs along the Mt. Read corridor, too.

To 10:08AM ~~ I see your point about the actual cost of rent vs the savings. Thank you. Does the Town of Greece actually pay taxes on their properties?

Anonymous said...

The lease between the owners of 770 Fetzner ,Petrella Enterprises and the Town of Greece went from August 22, 2000 to expiration of November 14, 2010 with "no option to extend". That means that maybe the town was not invited back to have the police there as renters. That could be why we are rushing to find other quarters. The family may have other plans for that and the adjacent property they own of 780 Fetzner which is a twin. But we will never know the back room deals of our town board.

Anonymous said...

770 Fetzner is for sale.

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16831299/770-Fetzner-Road-Rochester-NY/

Anonymous said...

As is 780 Fetzner. $600,000 for each.

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16831297/780-Fetzner-Road-Rochester-NY/

SCATS said...

To 11:04, 11:06 & 11:07AM ~~ Thank you for the "Aha!" moments! So Auberger was merely putting his spin on the fact that GPD MUST move in a few short weeks! But hey, I'm sure he's doing it "for our wallets" ... anyone interested in some swampland?? Anybody???

Anonymous said...

Check and see who was the orginal owner of Fetzner and to who they donated to. You could have paid for 10 investigatons.

Anonymous said...

The Barnard School would have been another viable option. Have the district sign it over to the town for a buck. There is a big building and a big parking lot. Maybe the town could use the extra space for youth programs or maybe the library that was in that neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

They are holding on to Barnard until the market is right for a sale to a commercial developer. Now is not the time. They could make 10 times the profit if they sold it as commercial. Waiting.

SCATS said...

To 11:11AM ~~ What you say can NOT be true! How do I know? Well, when I was in to fight my assessment this year, I was told emphatically that the decline in real estate prices had NO EFFECT on this area. In fact, we were "lucky" because prices were up!! ;)