Tupper Lake’s Emergency Services Building is running up against it’s first deadline.. There are 45 days from bid opening on the project for the Village and depending on the interpretation of the law, that puts the timeline into the first week of October for the Village to continue their discussions with Federal authorities on the $1.3 Million Grant that Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun says must happen before any contracts can be signed.. At Monday’s Town Board Meeting, Village Trustee Rick Donah provided the board with an update.. ”More Bidders,” Donah says, “will almost always bring a lower price for a project and the Emergency Services numbers are a reflection of that. The work is also scheduled outside of the busy construction season.” Donah told the Tupper Lake Town Board they advertised locally to try to get local contractors but there were no local bids on the project.. The Total of the construction bids – $2,551,227..
If the grant comes through Maroun will sign the contracts to move forward but he’s told us he has no plans to move forward unless that extra funding is in place.. Donah says the taxpayers will be looking at the best case scenario of $3.8 million but it all comes down to where the grant comes in.. If the project moves forward a new building could be closed in ready for inside work by February.