County breaks ground on public safety facility

MILTON – Saratoga County leaders joined together today to break ground on a new public safety facility.

Members of the Board of Supervisors, including Chairman and Stillwater Town Supervisor Ed Kinowski, and Sheriff Michael Zurlo, celebrated with the family of Galway Supervisor Paul Lent, who is the facility’s namesake. Lent died in a farming accident in June.

The project was first proposed in 2007 but was put on hold after the 2008 recession.

Lent, who previously served the County as a Deputy Sheriff and Director of Emergency Services, again brought the proposal forward and guided it through its approval process by the County Board of Supervisors.

“Paul was a stalwart public servant, and his foresight regarding the importance of this facility is deserving of this naming honor,” said Northumberland Supervisor Bill Peck, who is Chairman of the Public Safety and Building and Grounds Committees. “This important facility will allow us to continue to improve public safety services for the residents and visitors of our communities.

In August, the Board of Supervisors awarded contracts to companies responsible for construction of the facility, and in September the Board authorized a $24 million bonding resolution.

“This much needed facility brings all essential emergency services under one roof and provides for updated facilities that serve our county’s growing population,” said Kinowski. “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.”

The facility will provide new space for five departments currently operating from dispersed locations. The Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services, Probation Office, Office of Public Health Services and Emergency Dispatch Center will move into this space when it is completed in Spring of 2019.

“By bringing these departments together, we can improve training, coordination and responses for emergencies that require these services,” said Peck.

The new building is  planned to flank the current county jail off County Farm Road and Fairground Avenue.

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