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January 12, 2014

Fire/police station awaits federal grant

Village plans combined complex for police/fire

TUPPER LAKE — The planned emergency-services building here has permit approvals and bids in place.

But federal funding from Washington, D.C., hasn’t materialized to date.

The decision to build a new shared-services fire and police station was approved by Village of Tupper Lake voters last May, with plans to break ground on Aug. 1, 2013.

About one-third — some $1.3 million — of the total $4.5 million project is slated to come from the Department of Justice or federal Homeland Security grants.

The Village Board has said it won’t build anything until grants are secured.

LOW BIDDERS

Bids were opened for the project last August, revealing a low bid for general contractor from Bette & Cring LLC out of Watertown at $1,957,800, according to Village Clerk Mary Casagrain.

The low bid for mechanical work was from J. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanical Inc. of Peru, at $178,427.

Plumbing and sprinkler systems had a low bid from Burns Bros. Contractors, out of Potsdam, asking $227,200 for the alternate version of the design, which includes additional square footage for the community room.

Plumbing and fire systems for the version without a community-room addition would go to Perras Excavating Inc. of Massena, at $224,875. 

The lowest bid for electrical contracting came in from Empire Northeast Inc. of Gouverneur, for $187,800.

“If we assume the alternate with additional space in the community room, that achieves a $2,551,227 total just for construction,” Casagrain said.

Additional costs for the project include land purchase, environmental testing already done at the site, engineering and design costs, plus furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Contractors have agreed to hold their bids at current pricing until April 1, according to Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun.

VARIANCES ALLOWED

The shared fire-police station has gained variances from the Tupper Lake Joint Planning Board, approving the size of the parking lot and a required subdivision.

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