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Ti police ponder move

TICONDEROGA The town of Ticonderoga is pursuing a grant that will allow a study of possibly moving the Ti police department. Supervisor Bob Dedrick said the time is right to consider options for the department because the towns emergency dispatch operation, which shared space at the police station on Burgoyne Road, has been taken over by Essex County. The dispatch center used to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Dedrick said. People could go the police station at any time and talk to someone. That wont be the case anymore; the dispatchers are gone and the police are in and out of the office. Ticonderoga officials are researching a shared-services grant, Dedrick said, that could allow a joint police-emergency services building to be constructed. The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, now located behind the Ti Community Building, is in need of more space, Dedrick said. The ambulance squad is desperately looking for more space, Dedrick said. Their building is too small for training and equipment storage. There are several options for a emergency services building, the supervisor said. A new building could be constructed at the site of the old Civic Center between The Portage and Lake Champlain Avenue; emergency services could be moved to an existing downtown building; or emergency services could be relocated to the basement of the Ti Community Building. This is all in a very formative stage, Dedrick stressed. The grant money would allow us to study whats best. There is grant money available to assist local police departments and ambulance squads through the federal Department of Homeland Security, the supervisor noted. The state is offering shared-services grants, he said. Any project will be done with grant money, Dedrick stressed. We cant bring a big budget item to the taxpayers, he said. It has to be done through grants or it wont be done.

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