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April 9, 2013

May 7 referendum set on new Tupper building

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SHARED STATION

Putting the two emergency services together is a key aspect of the new station.

Sean Foran, project manager for Heuber-Breuer, said Monday that they are working to finalize the site plan and design layout for presentation to the public on April 23.

Originally proposed at 16,000 square feet, the layout being finalized is somewhat smaller, Foran said.

“We’re working through some final schematics, and the design is changing a little bit to require 14,400 square feet.

“We’re continuing to work on the final plan and proceeding with grant writing. Right now, we’ve got some strong indicators that we are going to be able to secure substantial resources for a shared emergency-services building.

“The shared-services piece is very important, not only for the community, but it is also driving a lot of the funding on a federal level.”

Foran explained that grant funding would reduce the need to bond for $3.2 million.

The Village Board set that figure as the top limit.

“It is rare that we actually spend all of that,” Foran said.

SPACE ISSUES

The need for a new station has been detailed in months of research.

The police station has been housed in the basement of the Village Offices, a former funeral parlor, for 60 years. The rooms were formerly used as a morgue.

The fire station, as it sits, can’t hold all of Tupper Lake’s fire equipment.

“The ladder truck is stored currently offsite, in the town garage,” Maroun said.

And any incident command for fires, floods or other emergencies ends up crammed into the Village Board office, with additional police, fire and volunteer resources scattered over several village locations.

“We have worked closely with the police and fire departments all the way through this,” Maroun said. “I have heard nothing but general agreement on a shared-services facility. It cuts the cost. Police and fire departments can both use the conference and training rooms instead of building one for each of them.”

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