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May 1, 2014

Emergency relief: Tupper gets money for fire/police station

TUPPER LAKE — The Village of Tupper Lake has funds in place now to build the new Emergency Services Building.

A combination of state money and low bids made the difference, without federal grants.

Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun said $500,000 in critical grant funding is coming via Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the State Economic Development Corp.

The grant closes the gap on the $3.7 million fire and police station, an amount lower than initial estimates because bids came in $600,000 below projected costs.

“We are going to exercise the bids we received for construction,” Maroun said Wednesday.

‘VERY THANKFUL’

A referendum vote in the Village of Tupper Lake last May allowed borrowing up to $3.2 million, and the state’s $500,000 grant rounds funding out at $3.7 million.

The 364-298 vote last year approved the project with a caveat: The project could move forward if Tupper Lake received grants.

But the federal funding did not materialize, the mayor said.

“After we heard there was no money, at least for now, I contacted Sen. Betty Little, and she contacted the Governor’s Office,” Maroun said.

“(Tuesday) afternoon, they told us they are giving us a grant of $500,000 from the Economic Development Corporation.” 

Sean Foran, project consultant from Hueber-Breuer Construction, would execute the bids, he said.

“I am very thankful to Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Little for intervening on the part of the citizens in Tupper Lake — without the aid, we would not have been able to move ahead with this Emergency Services Building.”

LAND PURCHASE NEXT

The next step in the process is to buy the land, about 2 acres on Santa Clara Avenue. The village has had an option to buy the lot for more than a year.

“We will be exercising the option on the land in the next few days,” Maroun said. “We’ve got Adirondack Park Agency approval already. I’ve worked with the Franklin County Highway Superintendent (Jon Hutchins), who is going to excavate the land.”

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