Senator Harckham Secures Grant for Pawling Fire House Roof Repairs

Sen. Harckham announced the grant approval at PFD Sportsman’s Night.

New York State Senator Pete Harckham announced that $50,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to the Pawling Fire Department toward a much-needed roof repair project for its Fire Station #1. Harckham informed members of the department at their 23rd annual Sportsman’s Night Dinner on Saturday, February 1 that the grant had been approved.

“The Pawling Fire Department definitely needs to repair its firehouse, which plays such a central role in the Town and Village’s community life,” said Harckham. “It is important that work to guarantee the structural safety of the building's roof gets underway, and I am pleased to have secured a grant to help lessen the overall costs.”

Pawling Fire Station #1, constructed in 1983, is owned by the Fire Department, an all-volunteer organization. The building consists of approximately 6,300 square-feet of space for offices and departmental business, and 6,900 square-feet to house the equipment. In recent years, though, the existing roof system over the equipment space has sagged and shown signs of wear. Also, the roof structure is no longer in compliance with current standards of the New York Building Code.

The Pawling Fire Department is weighing potential repair and replacement options for the station house roof. One idea is to replace the existing roof with a standing metal seam roof system. Comprehensive budget estimates for the project range from $638,000 to $900,000.

“Other than for fire equipment, our department relies mostly on donations and fundraising events like the Sportsman’s Dinner and donations to pay for operation costs,” said Everett White, Chief of the Pawling Fire Department. “Funding a big capital project, and something unplanned, is a challenge. The roof repair project needs to be moved forward—after all, this is the roof that protects the equipment that protects our residents. The grant from the state will help us in this regard.”

The awarded grant funding was secured within the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM), which is among the grant programs administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to support community and economic development.