The Skaneateles village board heard a presentation from architect Bob Eggleston on the possibility of mounting the fire siren on the roof of the police department building, at its Aug. 28 meeting.
Mayor Marty Hubbard had previously released a statement saying that the siren would be put back into operation at 26 Fennell St. with the conditions proposed by the fire department: six rings between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for fires and only for structure fires or other emergencies during the night.
The siren was mounted on the roof of the new village hall before the renovations were done, however that will no longer be possible because the roof will soon be covered with photovoltaic cells.
Eggleston said that mounting the siren inside of a metal-frame cupola on top of the building to the rear of the village hall would be a more aesthetically pleasing option than on top of a pole, the option that the fire department has suggested.
The siren, which is 33-years-old, it is still in working condition though it will need to be refurbished.
After hearing that the board is interested in pursuing the option further, Eggleston said he will do more research and return with a cost estimate, though he said it would likely cost less than $10,000.
The building was originally a barn that has had several additions put on over the years. It was once home to SAVES and currently holds the village police department, though it will be moving to the new village hall in the near future, leaving it vacant. The future of the building, or what it will be used in the future, for has yet to be determined by the village.
Eggleston said that despite the inexpensively furnished exterior, he thought the building was in good condition and could still be put to good use.