Notes from the Field
CENTRAL FIRE HOUSE APPROVED
Troy, N. Y.—The Board of Estimate and Apportionment at a special meeting adopted a resolution favoring the construction of a central fire house and requesting the Common Council to take the necessary steps to call a special taxpayers election to vote on the proposition. While no official statemen has been made, it is expected that Commissioner of Public Safety Mac Affer will recommend that the site for the new building, if the project is approved by the voters, be at the abandoned Erie Canal land at the head of Ontario Street, which is owned by the city.
It was said that the estimates for the new structure as well as the preliminary plans and an estimate of the cost of repair to the old building, at Oneida and Canvass Streets, will be ready shortly for inspection by taxpayers. The city charter provides that there be a special election on the question of expenditures of this character, as was done in the case of the new Cohoes High School for which the taxpayers voted a total of $300,000 in appropriations.
The present fire house has been condemned many times by engineers and health officials. It is said that the building is dangerous and that it might collapse if hit by a heavy truck of any kind. The cost to reapir the building is said to be very large. While no figures are available it is expected that the new building, which the taxpayers will be asked to approve, will cost between $50,000 and $75,000.