Emergency Services Building – On Hold Until Spring

Whether for Busses or for emergency vehicles, Tupper Lake never seems to have enough money in the budget for maintenance and repair…. In fact, The Fire Department is once again close to exceeding to their service budget, having already approached $10,000 in expenses for the year with more on the way.   It appears the older vehicles missed their regular service in 2012.. Currently the repair budget is allocated at $10,000.00 and inspections alone along with annual service to the vehicles could add another $4,000 to that bill by the end of the year…  The Government Shutdown is also hampering construction of the new emergency services building… Trustee Rick Donah says the low bidders on each of the 4 primary contracts for the Emergency Services Building Project have agreed to extend their award of contract dates to April 1st, 2014 with no changes in their bids.. Donah says the intent was originally to start construction in September this year, but that wasn’t possible because the grant funding for the project, while he believes is going to come in, hasn’t yet been formally approved. According to Donah, the federal appropriations process has been affected by the government shutdown and the project can’t move forward without those funds in place.. Trustee Donah told the Village Board he didn’t see any additional cost for taxpayers due to the delay and added that a project on the ground in October or November is going to be a lot more expensive and more difficult than a project that goes in the ground in April or May..

AUDIO – 102313 – Tupper Lake Emergency Services Building Update – On Hold Until Spring





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