No Decision Yet On Falconer Shop Upgrades

By Liz Skoczylas

MAYVILLE – It will still be another month before any decision is made whether the Falconer Department of Public Facilities Shop will see any upgrades.

George Spanos, director of Public Facilities, presented his argument for upgrades to the Falconer shop location to the Public Facilities Committee on Monday.

“For over 20 years, we have been discussing upgrading the maintenance facility in Falconer,” Spanos said. “It’s time to move forward.”

Spanos reviewed an idea of what the layout of the new facility would look like. He also suggested that the current facility be made into extra storage space for the county. He told the committee that the equipment has gotten bigger over the years, but the shop remained the same size.

Robert Stewart, R-Ellington, questioned Spanos as to why the facility did not receive recommended upgrades in the past. Spanos explained that although the county has paid for reports and studies to be done on the shop, it has never taken the next step to invest the money for the upgrades.

Of the three Department of Public Facilities shops in the county, Spanos told the committee Sheridan currently has the best facility, as it was built in the 1990s and is the most current. The Sherman shop is currently under review for a capital project which, if approved by the state, could place the town, village and county all in one location.

“It’s going to be $200,000 or $300,000 to design this building,” Spanos said of the Falconer shop location. “If there is some interest, we should proceed to the next step.”

Spanos estimated that a new facility would cost the county around $4 million. Stewart said he was particularly interested in whether the county would be able to receive grants for the project.

Vince Horrigan, R-Bemus Point, and Committee Chairman David Himelein, R-Findley Lake, each said they would be interested in visiting the facility to see its state for themselves.

Himelein encouraged committee members to visit the Falconer shop over the next few weeks to form an opinion. He suggested resuming the conversation during the committee’s May meeting.