Ticonderoga The first time, Ticonderoga’s town budget will include a dedicated fund for building maintenance and repair in 2014.
An 18-month review of town-owned buildings has been completed by a private firm with recommendations for the future. Some of those recommendations will be included in the 2014 town budget.
The report was prepared by Alfandre Architecture of New Paltz.
“The bid process and study took about 18 months” Supervisor Deb Malaney said, “and we now have the information to address current and long-term building needs and maintenance schedules and to set aside adequate capital reserves.”
Alfandre was directed to prioritize needs and provide preliminary cost estimates for the historic Community Building, 1888 Building, armory, highway garage and police station. The report focused on three areas — identifying structural, maintenance and repair needs in all buildings; best utilization of space, including offices and staff; and relocation of the police department.
“Our first step is to create a capital reserve account in the next (2014) budget for repairs and maintenance,” the supervisor said. “The study has identified areas in need of repair. We need to make those repairs and create a maintenance schedule for the future.”
The study also took a detailed look at the Ti police station. Citing structural concerns with the current police office on Burgoyne Road, town officials have been searching for a new police headquarters for the last five years.
Ticonderoga officials have long discussed moving the police, but accelerated the discussion in December 2009 when structural issues arose at the police headquarters. The nearly 70-year-old concrete block structure developed a large crack from the foundation up the center of the back wall raising questions about the building’s future.
The police commission previously investigated several possibilities for a new police building and found them lacking. The armory was excluded for police use since it houses youth activities and police don’t want children and criminals in the same building. The downstairs of the Community Building was excluded because of lack of space and parking. The former Rite Aid proved to be too expensive.