Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 

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Picente: County Helps Waterville With Demolition

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced last night, that Oneida County will help the Village of Waterville with the costs for demolition of the former Waterville Knitting Mill.

Picente said that Oneida County will use $25,000 that was remaining in an account created back in 1999 to support the demolitions, cleanup or boarding up of non-county owned structures.

            “Demolition of major structures that are hazardous as well as eliminating the potential for re-use is very clearly an important issue to County Government ,” Picente said. “The Village of Waterville requested county assistance to help it in its efforts to remove the partially collapsed building and dispose of the debris in an environmentally safe manner. I am glad we were able to come to the village’s assistance so that this building can come down, enhancing the safety and appearance of the area.”

            “If we continue to work in a collaborative manner, we can find creative ways to assist the village,” Picente said. “I am very pleased that we are able to work cooperatively with the Village and the Waste Authority so that we can help this community resolve a problem that the Village Government has addressed as a top priority issue.”

            Picente said that County Government is pleased it was able to work in partnership with the Village. “Governments work best when we work as a team to accomplish the jobs that need to be done in the most efficient manner possible,” Picente said. “Major Younes of Waterville has shown great leadership in bringing this need to our attention, and we appreciate his efforts to work with us to find a solution.”