Hauling tons of dirt from the site will likely require shared-service assistance from the towns of Piercefield and Tupper Lake.
The new Emergency Services Building will improve first-response services, centralizing both police and fire personnel in one location, officials say.
Tupper Lake Police Department no longer fits in its current quarters, in what used to be a morgue.
“They shouldn’t have been in there this long. Had this not gone through, we would have had to buy a building for them or build a new one,” the mayor said.
“And we need a place to store all of our fire equipment. We have a new fire contract with Santa Clara this year. We need to have trucks ready to roll.”
Maroun called construction of the new Emergency Services Building “a big step” toward regeneration in Tupper Lake.
“It’s one of the few public buildings built here since the fire station.”
The Village Board will continue to seek ways to cut bond costs as the project rolls forward.
“We are looking at the possibility of getting Firemen’s Association of the State of New York loan against the bond anticipation note, for example,” Maroun said.
The village has already spent $172,000 for engineering, site studies and pre-construction work on the building, according to Village Clerk Mary Casagrain.
The mayor said there was no reason given for lack of federal grants, which were assured in public meetings before the vote last year.
Construction on the new Emergency Services Building could begin within eight weeks.
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