The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a bond act for $1.59 million Monday night to renovate the Department of Emergency Services facility at the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla.
The money, the expansion of a previously approved $940,000 bond, will be used to replace the building’s roof, which has been leaking so badly that water pours in during rain storms and puddles on the floor. The renovations funded by the earlier bond included the conversion of apparatus bays into classrooms, the renovation of locker rooms and restrooms, work on the administration area and bringing the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The bond was held up for months in a dispute between the executive and the Board of Legislators over whether the new roof would have solar panels. Under a compromise agreement, the roof will be designed to accommodate solar in the future and the county will work with the New York Power Authority to assess the feasibility of solar and to seek grants to pay for it.
In November, County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed legislation on the roof repairs because he objected to the board attempt to pay for it with fund balance and said the financing violated rules for capital projects.
“At the end of the day, the roof gets done and solar is in the design,” said Legislator Peter Harckham, D-Katonah, who has pushed for solar on county facilities.