"We (the village board) are very much aware of Station 2's present problems as well as future problems," said trustee and deputy mayor Harold Hopkinson, who also serves as the liaison to the fire department. "They must be corrected soon, regardless of the direction the study takes us."
While Whorrall would like to have something more than a band-aid for the fire stations, village officials are proceeding with caution. Doug Miller of Miller Engineers of Manlius has been contacted to provide, with Whorrall's input, a scope of necessary services and repairs for presentation at the board's Feb. 8 meeting.
Once Graner's reporting is completed, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin said he is confident the village board will move forward in a timely matter.
That would please the fire chief, who said the station's moisture/mold problems are nothing new to the board.
Also, additional improvements are needed at each station, Whorrall said, for meeting, storage and office space.
"They are looking at the current situation," Whorrall said. "We are looking at the next forty years."
He added, "It has become embarrassing. The village has got to make a decision on which way to go."
Hopkinson added, "I feel certain the mayor and village board will take all necessary steps required to correct any hazardous conditions."
John Zych is a regular contributing writer for the Eagle Bulletin.