The Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department continues to wait for assistance with building maintenance issues that have been aggravated in part by recent severe winter weather. The most pressing concern is the need for a new roof, as the current firehouse roof has at least fourteen leaks and should be fully replaced. Missing floor tiles and inadequate lighting in hallways are a problem, and there has been discussion about the need to hire a janitor for the building.
Councilor Bernie Montgomery estimates that the roof replacement will cost in the vicinity of $125,000. To secure the funding, the Fire Department has applied for a grant from Senator John DeFrancisco. Councilor Montgomery hopes that the senator will assist with around $75,000. He acknowledges that the actual figure could possibly be higher. The amount of money allotted to the Town of Marcellus in the 2008-2009 New York State Budget will also be a factor in the process of moving forward with roof replacement plans.
According to Councilor Montgomery, leaks come up unexpectedly and are often caused by forces such as the highly unpredictable Central New York weather. This makes it difficult to budget for repairs, he states. Councilor Montgomery notes that that until the budget is passed and the milder weather allows for the severity of the roof damage to be assessed, the Town of Marcellus will not be certain how to proceed.