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Scarsdale Public Safety Building Issues Addressed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale Police Department has been operating from the new public safety building at 50 Tompkins Road since early November, and the Scarsdale Fire Department since later in the month. But their new home – a renovated and expanded version of the old home – still has some bugs to be worked out.

That point was driven home Friday, Feb. 4, when a police lieutenant was trapped in a malfunctioning elevator, according to Police Chief John Brogan.

"We had to call the fire department to get him out," Brogan said. Fortunately, the fire department is on the other side of the wall.

Brogan said the elevator was just one of the problems they are trying to get resolved as they try to settle in.

According to Deputy Village Manager Steve Pappalardo, the primary outstanding problems with the Public Safety Building Project include:

Firing Range Heating Unit: The regulator, which supplies outside air to the firing range and heats the air in the winter, is not working properly and seems to be undersized. The village is working with its architect and Con Edison to adjust the unit, test it and determine if it can function properly as is or a retrofit is needed.

Access Control Doors: A number of access doors still need to be fit with electric hardware and cable pathways. The village is working with the general construction contractor and electrical contractor to complete the work.

Basement Air Conditioning and Heating Units: The village is working with the manufacturer on regulating the dual system, which is currently not functioning properly.

The elevator incident, Pappalardo said, was an isolated incident and is not on the list. He also said things are progressing and everything should be taken care of by the end of February or early March.

The building was ready for use a year later than originally planned and cost more than $1 million more than the original estimate.

"These outstanding punch list items should be rectified within the next two to three weeks," he said. "The punch list items are all included in the contract and the prime contractors are responsible for their completion. The village holds a percentage of the contract amount as a retainer should we have any problems with the contractor completing the work and need to hire another contractor to perform the work."

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