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April 29, 2013

Tupper holds final forum on fire/police station

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‘TERRIBLE CONDITIONS’

Tupper Lake Police Chief Eric Proulx said in an interview that the police and fire personnel here have “terrible” and “dirty” working conditions.

“And these are our first responders?”

He said a new multi-purpose station was first proposed in 1994.

“Here we are, 20 years later, spending more money. I am a local taxpayer, and I live in the village,” Proulx said.

“My ‘yes’ vote is as a taxpayer, not as a cop or a fireman, realizing that this community needs a public safety building.”

The new facility would be large enough to cover services for proposed development of 600-plus units at the Adirondack Club and Resort, Foran said.

POLICE KEY

The Emergency Services project is ripe for critical federal dollars because it is a shared services building, Foran said.

“Police inclusion is the driving force behind much of the grant money,” he said.

“This includes a lot of funding from DOJ (Department of Justice) for commingled emergency services.”

Tupper Lake is a critical point for intercepting drug traffic between the Canadian border and New York City, Foran said.

“Tupper Lake is a ‘poster child’ for DOJ grants. This is like shooting fish in a barrel because of your unique need (both location and economic). The better this is supported (at the referendum), the more money is available.”

BUILDING IN DESIGN

A feasibility study completed a year ago looked at 15 different sites and settled on 2 acres on Santa Clara Avenue.

Foran said the feasibility data is what convinced federal agencies to support the project.

The 14,500-square-foot building is priced at $210 per square foot.

It would have a flat roof and a large, shared training room and would be built to Essential Services Building Codes as mandated by New York state in 2005.

The final design would come after voter approval, with construction to begin in August.

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