Otsego County’s Department of Social Services is on pace for moving into the county’s building at 242 Main St. in Oneonta, according to Public Works Chair Pete Oberacker.
“If I make a prediction, I have a 50-50 chance of being 100 percent wrong, but I think we could have everything ready by mid-October,” said Oberacker, R-Decatur, Maryland, Westford, Worcester. He said phone lines are being run into the DSS area, and security upgrades will come once the department is settled.
DSS has security personnel under contact already, and money in its budget for a security magnetometer, Oberacker said, which will help the county retrofit the building for a security checkpoint.
“First we need to get DSS personnel there, and then the security will kick in,” he said.
The county looked into selling the building this year, with the city of Oneonta being a rumored buyer, but the Public Works Committee decided the building was cost-effective to heat and clean, compared to other county buildings, and had the potential to house more departments.
There is already a department of motor vehicles office and mental health services offices in the building. The public defender’s office and probation department are also candidates to move into office space in the building, Oberacker said.