Fire hall forum set for next week

TUPPER LAKE – The committee trying to get a new emergency services facility built is holding a public forum next week.

Village Trustee Rick Donah, who has headed up the effort, announced the forum Tuesday at a village board meeting. He said the meeting is part of an attempt to keep the process open and transparent.

“I know there’s plenty of people in the community that have concerns – concerns that are valid – and wondering how we’re going about this project,” said. “This is the time and the place for all those questions. This is the place where you can voice your concerns, if you have concerns.”

Most members of the Emergency Services Building Committee will be there to answer questions and hear concerns, Donah said.

Sean Foran, a consultant hired by the village, worked with the committee last year to complete (in the fall) a feasibility study outlining the options for a fire hall. During that process, there were three public forums.

Foran has been hired again to work with the village through the process of putting the project to a vote in the community, which village officials hope to do this spring. Donah said there will be at least one more public forum before the project goes to a vote.

“The idea is that the community of Tupper Lake would support this project for the future of the community for its fire services and also police services,” Donah said.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the lower level of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Donah was informed there was a planning board meeting at the same date and time, but he said the committee will move forward with that date and time unless there are objections.