Voters OK sale of Claverack firehouse

CLAVERACK–Despite the snowstorm Tuesday, February 16, town voters turned out to approve two propositions involving the hamlet firehouse.

Proposition One, which authorizes the sale of the firehouse on Route 9H to the library, passed by a vote of 145 to 50. Proposition Two, which passed by a vote of 147 to 48, allows the fire district to borrow up to $1.5 million to build a new firehouse on 3.5 acres owned by the district nearby on state Route 23.

“We certainly would like to thank residents of the Claverack Fire District for coming out and supporting us,” said Fire Commissioner George Keeler following the special election.

The next step for the fire company will involve finalizing plans and obtaining bids for the new firehouse, with the goal beginning construction this summer or early fall.

“This outcome is good for both the fire district and the library. These are exciting times for both,” said Mr. Keeler.

The library will pay $300,000 for the building, which is just around the corner from the library. Library Director Sally Alderdice said Wednesday that the library will move to the former firehouse, but it’s not clear exactly when. “We can buy it now, but we can’t begin to use it until the Fire Department builds its new building,” she said.

Ms. Alderdice said the library board has not yet decided what it will do with the current library once the move occurs.

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