Controversy Heats Up Over Adams Fire Station Expansion

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In the event of a fire call, there could be a dozen or more firefighters nearly tripping over one another to get ready and get out the door at the Adams Fire Station.

"There's sometimes when people are getting hit by the doors of the truck because it's crowded in here," said Captain Zach Cobb.

The tight quarters at are just one problem.

There's also the issue of cancer-causing diesel fumes, with no exhaust system.

"That doesn't really fit with this station. There's not enough room," said Bob Simpson of the fire department.

For six years, the village has been planning a major expansion of the fire hall.

What started as a $3 million project is down to under $1 million.

"We think we've taken everything out of it we can possibly take out of it and still meet the need," said Adams Mayor Patricia Sweetland.

But lately, there's some opposition.

The chairman of the village planning board is spearheading a petition to force a referendum on the project.

Bill Doe wouldn't go on camera, but calls the project awfully expensive.

The mayor says waiting any longer simply makes it cost more. 

"I have met with several of the nay sayers and quite honestly, they don't want to change their mind," said Sweetland.

The petition gatherers have about three more weeks to meet a deadline. 

If there is a referendum, it would take place in November.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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