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July 17, 2013

Despite reported need for urgency -- and $125K lease for new space -- county records remain in place

Niagara Gazette — Last October, Niagara County lawmakers agreed to move the county’s records management operations into a building on Transit Road in Newfane.

At the time, county lawmakers said they had to move quickly as the records were being stored in a “dilapidated” and “leaking” building.

More than six months into the new agreement, nearly all of the documents earmarked for the move remain in storage at the county’s Davison Road complex, which includes one building supporters of the transfer described last year as substandard and a potential threat to the integrity of valuable county records.

Niagara County Clerk Wayne Jagow said Tuesday the records move is still in the works and insisted it is making progress. He said a meeting is scheduled for today to discuss the relocation of all of the records and to allow county department of public works employees to begin moving some pallets as part of what he described as a “dry run.”

Jagow characterized the moving process as “complex” and said it has been impacted by a number of factors, including the county’s needs to acquire new shelving to meet its storage needs at the Transit Road building.

“I certainly am impressed with what the new facility looks like and I feel like where we are going to move is going to take care of what we need not only right now but down the road,” Jagow said. “I’m very pleased with where we are at now. I think once we get the bugs worked out things are going to move more rapidly.”

Members of the legislature’s Republican-led majority who supported the records transfer agreement last year suggested prior to the October vote that the process needed to be done swiftly to ensure the integrity of county records, some of which were being stored inside an old nurses’ residence described in a county press release that followed the vote as “dilapidated” and “leaking.”

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