May 8, 2013

Tupper OKs police/fire facility

TUPPER LAKE — A new fire/police complex will be built on Santa Clara Avenue in Tupper Lake.

“August 1st, in the ground,” an ecstatic Mayor Paul Maroun said Tuesday night.

A public referendum gave the OK for the Village of Tupper Lake to go to bond for $3.2 million, at 2 percent interest for 30 years, for a new emergency services building at a cost not to exceed $4.5 million.

The tally was 362-300, with 27 ballots Maroun called “questionable.”

“It looks like it went through,” he said. “Now my mission as mayor is to make sure we can do this the most economical way for all of Tupper Lake, the village and town.”

The village awaits word on $1.3 million in grant funding expected to cover the rest of the cost.

Should it not come through, the project would not move forward, officials have said.


But not only does Maroun have confidence in that funding, he expects to defray the cost through contracting of emergency services to neighboring municipalities.

“I understand a lot of people are concerned” about tax increases, he said. “But we’re going to try to get every grant we can (too).”

As projected now, villagers would pay 33 cents per $1,000 assessed property value for the length of the 30-year bond.

Town taxpayers in the Tupper Lake Fire Protection District, who could not vote on the village project, would pay 17 cents per $1,000.

Villagers pay more, Maroun said, because town taxpayers wouldn’t bear the cost of the Village Police Department part of the facility.

“We have to carve that square footage out of the township,” Maroun said.

He called those tax rates “the worst case scenario,” again emphasizing the effort that will be put forth to reduce the cost.


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

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