So here’s the story laid out in a the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:
The local volunteer fire squad in Saranac Lake buys a big refurbished truck for $143,000 and only after the vehicle arrives do they discover that it’s too big to fit in the front door.
Once they made the door bigger, they discovered that the truck is too darn heavy for the concrete floor inside the fire hall.
That has now revived discussion of building a whole new fire hall.
[Village trustee John] McEneany said it may be a time to have another discussion about what to do with the building.
“Do we build a new firehouse?” McEneany asked. “Do we fix the one that’s there? Do we expand where we are? Do we go someplace else? I believe those issues are still open.”
This story raises some thorny questions, about equipment and safety issues for an important volunteer fire squad, but also about the ways that local government makes decisions.
Give it a read and chime in below. As always, your comments welcome.