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April 9, 2013

May 7 referendum set on new Tupper building


The 2-acre site selected is also central to the town and village of Tupper Lake.

“It is the first big lot coming off Route 3 towards the Civic Center,” Maroun said.

“It’s really in a good location. It has a back way to get uptown and gives us quicker access to the (Tupper) Junction.”


Research on the need for a new fire station was completed by the beginning of this year.

Looking at the 112-year history of the Tupper Lake Fire Department, Hueber-Breuer found that fire calls have more than doubled in the past seven years.

“A significant portion of the call-volume increase can be traced to new state mandates requiring the Fire Department to first respond to all fire-alarm activations at facilities for developmentally disabled clients,” the report says.

“The Tupper Lake Fire District encompasses numerous facilities in this category, including institutional treatment centers (Sunmount), which accounted for 41 alarms over the past four years, and satellite residences and community homes, accounting for another 23 calls over that span.

“In addition, the Church Street apartments and Wawbeek Road nursing facility have further impacted call volume recently.”


At the same time, training requirements for first responders have also increased.

Fire officials have to complete training for hazardous-materials operations, officer duty, confined spaces, firefighter survival and arson awareness.

All Fire Department members complete an annual OSHA eight-hour update, and many take additional classes in pump operations, incident command, structural collapse and vehicle extrication. 

“All of the above continue to place stress on the limited training facilities available,” the report said.

The Police Station has run out of room to hold suspects and for storage.

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The building design and site plan for a combined Tupper Lake police/fire station will be presented in a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, at 41 Lake St.

The project manager will be there to detail the plans and site elevation and to provide a breakout of project costs for taxpayers to review. Village of Tupper Lake residents will vote on the project from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.


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