Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus invites residents to visit the new Eastern Dutchess Government Center (EDGC) in the Town of Washington on Tuesday, October 21st for an Open House event from 5pm to 7pm. Residents can meet with representatives from County departments and learn more about the programs and services available at the EDGC.
“This Open House event is a great opportunity for residents to become familiar with all the Eastern Dutchess Government Center has to offer,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Residents will be impressed by the extensive renovations and the wealth of services and programs available to them through the EDGC.”
The EDGC will offer a variety of County services and programs to the residents of Eastern and Central Dutchess including home care and maternal Child and Health programs offered by the Health Department. Continuing Day treatment, clinical services for mental health and substance abuse services are provided through the Department of Mental Hygiene. The Department of Social Services assists residents with food stamp, child care, and Medicaid eligibility services. Youth and parent group programs and administrative services are provided by the Office of Probation and Community Corrections and the Youth Bureau offers family and youth counseling services. The Veterans Service Agency can help veterans and their families connect with benefits they are entitled to.
During the Open House event, residents can take advantage of free blood pressure screenings offered by the Department of Health and learn about HEAP benefits from Social Services. The Office of Probation and Community Corrections will have information about STOP-DWI and Youth Bureau representatives will have helpful family tips. There will also be a presentation at 6pm about the energy efficient design elements incorporated into the EDGC’s renovation.
The EDGC is the Dutchess County Government’s first “GREEN” building. The renovation was designed to meet LEED Silver Certification standards as part of County Executive Steinhaus’ “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda. One of the highlights of the EDGC project is a geo-thermal heating and cooling system. Geo-thermal heating and cooling is one of the most efficient ways to condition a building. The geothermal system uses 95% less fossil fuel than a conventional building. Energy savings for the Eastern Dutchess Government Center are estimated at about $35,000 per year.
“Our Eastern Dutchess Government Center facility really sets the example for the rest of the County for environmental and energy stewardship,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
Additional “green” building features included eco-friendly materials and equipment selected to promote sustainability. The roof design uses high solar reflectance to reduce cooling costs in summer months. The EDGC features a warm décor that is complimented by extensive natural daylight in over 75% of the building’s interior. Natural daylight reduces energy use and has been shown to be beneficial to employee health and productivity.
Residents of Eastern and Central Dutchess will be able to enjoy energy savings of their own since they can access valuable services at the EDGC and reduce the need to travel to Poughkeepsie as they have had to in the past. County government will also save operational costs by reducing road time for Poughkeepsie based staff having to travel to areas in the eastern and central portion of the county.
The County Executive has long been a proponent of extending county services beyond the Poughkeepsie base. As County Clerk, he opened the original Millbrook Department of Motor Vehicles office in 1984. He also spearheaded the construction of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.
“Bringing county services closer to the residents of Eastern and Central Dutchess has always been an important priority for me,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “We are extremely pleased to have the EDGC to serve our residents’ needs.”