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TL fire hall won't be built on town lot

Tupper Lake Village Mayor Mickey Desmarais said a lot near the town offices is not a suitable location for the village's new fire hall.

Mark Arsenault, a volunteer fire fighter suggested the location during a town board meeting earlier this week. During that meeting town officials said they were open to using the 1.7-acre lot for the new building and requested more details before moving forward.

But Desmarais told WNBZ Wednesday that he and the village board members weren't informed of the discussion until after Arsenault met with the town.

If he had been briefed, he said he would have been able to bring both parties up to speed on where the project stands.

"They didn't know we're looking to build a very energy efficient fire hall," Desmarais explained.

He said the plan is to face the building South and incorporate solar panels to generate electricity for the building, but the proposed town lot faces northwest.

Desmarais also wants to heat the building with a biomass furnace that could also heat the village department across the street.

The village looked at several alternatives and has chosen a lot on McLaughlin near the village garage, which is now being heated with electric heat.

"There's plenty of room at the site for loading up chips or pellets, a fuel that supports the local forest products industry and reduces the village's heating costs," Desmarais said.

Desmarais also emphasized that he wants to involve the town in the planning process as the project moves forward.

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