Oswego County DSS Offices Will Move Dec. 14

MEXICO – The Oswego County Department of Social Services will temporarily close its offices at 100 Spring St., Mexico at noon on Friday.

The department will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 18, at the former Cayuga Community College building at 806 W. Broadway, (State Route 3) Fulton.

The Mexico office building will be closed for asbestos abatement and repairs until early May 2013.

Office hours and all phone numbers for DSS will remain the same.

Although the Mexico facility will be closed, the Oswego County public transportation service will continue to stop at the Mexico DSS office.

Customers should wait in the sheltered area of the building outside of the front doors.

Oswego County Administrator Philip Church announced in March that testing revealed asbestos levels above the federal limit were present in ceiling tiles in the older part of the Mexico building.

The ceiling tiles pose no health threat unless they are damaged or moved.

However, the tiles must frequently be moved to access the building’s mechanical and communications systems.

After considering several options, the Oswego Legislature decided to replace all old ceiling tiles and complete other repairs in the DSS building.

It is expected that the project will be completed in early May.