MILTON — Construction is underway on Saratoga County’s new $30 million public safety facility.
Funded mainly through a $24 million bond, the facility will house a new 911 emergency response center, as well as county officials involved in public health, emergency management and public safety. The Sheriff’s Office and probation officers also will be stationed there.
The facility will have two backup generators, allowing it to remain fully powered in emergency circumstances.
Set to be complete within 20 months, the structure will flank the current county jail off County Farm Road and Fairground Avenue.
The consolidated public safety facility was first proposed 10 years ago but was put on the back burner during the Great Recession.
Northumberland Supervisor Bill Peck led the charge in recent years to get the project to the finish line. This past summer, as chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, he adjusted the bond structure from 30 to 15 years.
“This important facility will allow us to continue to improve public safety services for the residents and visitors of our communities,” Peck said Tuesday. “By bringing these departments together, we can improve training, coordination and responses for emergencies that require these services.”
The facility will be named the Paul E. Lent Public Safety Facility, in honor of Paul Lent, the Galway supervisor who died in a farming accident in June.
“It’s a distinct honor to celebrate Paul’s life and legacy by recognizing his decades of service to the people of Saratoga County with the naming of this facility for him,” said Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.
Peck credited Lent with having the vision that spurred the project to the finish line.
“Paul was a stalwart public servant, and his foresight regarding the importance of this facility is deserving of this naming honor.”
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