Elbridge seeks new barracks

In a July 2007 report on the condition of New York State Troopers' barracks across the state, the barracks located on Route 5 in Elbridge was deemed not up to standards.

The building was not initially supposed to be a trooper's barracks, and resembles a modest one-family house. It is built for about seven full time employees, but currently has 13.

"[The barracks is] in decent shape, but it doesn't quite meet our needs," said Station Commander Sgt. Timothy Siddall. "The first two priorities should be an updated locker room and an expanded patrol desk."

The barracks not only covers Elbridge, but Camillus, Skaneateles, Marcellus, and Stafford -- where they're the first responders.

After the report, State Senator John Defrancisco's office contacted village of Elbridge Mayor Henry Doerr and expressed the need for a new barracks. Elbridge is responsible for maintaining the building, but does not have the funding to build a new one. Defrancisco's office told Doerr to first get a resolution of support from the four other towns that the barracks serves.

The Camillus town board approved to support Elbridge's quest for funding at their last meeting on Jan. 8.

"I told the towns that it's the quintessential local municipality cooperation," Doerr said. "The worst case scenario, we'll get a gracious 'no.'"

Doerr added that if the Elbridge barracks had to close, other options would be moving the troopers to the airport or to Auburn.

"We must address the needs of our first responders," Doerr said. He is hoping that Defrancisco can secure the necessary funding needed by the troopers to ensure that moving the barracks is not an option.

Siddall said that only a couple of new barracks could be built per-year, adding that a new barracks was recently built in Alexandria Bay for $1.25 million.

"We're happy to be out here," Siddall said. "We like the area and we would like to stay."

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