Serving within their means

The Skaneateles Police Department's station is hidden from travelers driving along Fennell Street in the village.

In fact, if you don't know where the station is, you may not find it. That was supposed to be remedied with a new building the village was working toward putting out to public vote, but with the economy tanking the plans were halted.

Even so, Chief Lloyd Perkins is a happy man since the decision to table the project was made. That's partially because the village earmarked $7,500 to do upkeep on the station. It's also partially because the maintenance is nearly completed.

"We did all this with $7,500," Perkins said Thursday morning as he stood in the main office at the Skaneateles Police Department.

When residents and officers walk through the front door, the room is bright, it lacks the clutter of radio chargers on top of filing cabinets and the breakers aren't popping, which was once an occasional issue because there were so many pieces of equipments plugged into outlets that were connected to one circuit.

Since the Skaneateles Area Volunteer Emergency Services -- or SAVES for short -- moved to their own building further up on Fennell Street, the police department has been able to take over space left empty from the move.

Instead of officers having to share lockers, new lockers have been built into two rooms designated for men and women in the department in the SAVES area, which clears up issues with sharing small lockers and having a lot to store in them. It also makes for more privacy in the co-ed department.

Perkins pointed out the shower the department also has room for now with the additional space, which about doubles the square footage the police had before. The shower, Perkins said, comes in handy in the event an officer responds to an accident scene and happens to get blood on him or herself.

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