Sullivan councilmen tour facilities

The Sullivan Town Council has been talking for a couple of years about what they are going to do about their growing need for space. Lady luck smiled on the town earlier this year with the Chittenango Veterans' Club donation of the American Legion on Mohawk Street at Legion Drive.

The council hired an architectural firm at its last meeting to evaluate the town's space needs and develop a plan to rearrange work areas to give employees adequate space. Part of the plan includes expanded space for the state police substation currently housed in the northern end of town hall.

Supervisor John M. Becker (R,C,I -- Sullivan) said the town's preliminary ideas include expanding the large meeting room into the historian's space. The historian would be moved elsewhere, possibly to the residential space on the east side of Lakeport Road across from the Parks & Recreation Department building.

The small courtroom at the northern end of the building needs to be doubled in size, Becker said, a scenario made possible by the relocation of the state troopers' facilities to the existing parks building, which would be renovated to the needs of the police substation. The renovation to that building, Becker said, would ideally include the construction of a four-bay garage, three bays for the troopers and one double-deep bay for the town's ambulance service.

"They could stack the ambulances in there two deep," Becker said.

Two of the police bays would have doors on each end, allowing troopers to pull into the garage from the existing town hall parking lot area and pull out onto Lakeport Road. The two single-bay garage bays would have access only from Lakeport Road, due to the shape of the property to the south end of the building.

The parks operations would be relocated to the Legion building in the village. The parks now hosts the county's SNACK program for seniors three times a week, and Parks Director Justin Pokines said there is a possibility that could be expanded to five days a week in the new facility.

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