Town and village come together with fire officials

The entire town board met with village Mayor Bob Green and three representatives from the Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department regarding fire department concerns on Wednesday morning Jan. 5. The fire department reps, Chief Eric Sells, President Kathy Murphy and Vice President Tammy Dudden, updated the town board on building issues, fundraising for equipment (included discussion of the Firemen Field Days) and the relocation of the Loan Closet.

Building issues

Even before the fire department moved into the new firehouse, three items were not covered in the construction budget: An exhaust system, epoxy flooring for the garage floor and landscaping.

"The village deemed these functions weren't necessary to have a functioning building," Green said.

These three items were deemed necessary by the SVFD in order to get the job done efficiently and properly, so money was taken from the department's general fund to pay for these items.

Since the fire department moved into their firehouse problems with the physical plant arose:

1. An insulation problem created treacherous ice build-up on roof. This was brought to QPK in Dec. 08. It was determined that there was tremendous heat loss, and additional insulation was blown in. But the solution didn't work.

2. Water in the foundation under the garage floor bubbled up and cracked the epoxy.

3. A crack in the exterior wall

4. Exhaust problem was related to apparatus that connects to fire trucks

5. A Light monitoring sensor that doesn't work

Green reported that the village had been working with the architectural firm of QPK on determining solutions and responsibility. The village board has determined that building problems are mostly related to the contractor, Christa, who in turn needs to go after the sub-contractors to correct deficiencies in construction.

The town board suggested having a third person come in and look at it, to get a second opinion.

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