Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced that he is directing $80,000 in special legislative funding for the Village of Kenmore to help install an elevator in the Kenmore Fire Hall.
“I am pleased to announce that I have been able to earmark half of the needed funds for necessary improvements to the Kenmore Fire Hall,” said Schimminger. “This State Assembly capital funding will be used toward installing an elevator in the village-owned building and making related structural renovations.”
“The elevator will provide improved access to the second floor of the historic structure, which contains a large hall and meeting rooms that are used by the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department and local organizations for a variety of community functions. Also, the fire hall is a designated emergency shelter, and the second floor may have to be used by area residents in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency situation,” Schimminger stated.
Schimminger explained that Village Trustees Patrick Mang and Katherine Bestine outlined the fire department’s long deferred plans to install the elevator and requested his help in securing state funds for the $156,000 project.
“We want to thank Robin for securing this funding for the Village of Kenmore,” said Mang and Bestine. “This project is an excellent example of how our state and local governments can work together on a project important to the community. We know that the members of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department will welcome this news.”
“Due to the building’s layout, the project will require the construction of a two-story exterior elevator structure, and entail modification of the fire hall’s heating and cooling system. Also, an emergency generator for the elevator must be purchased and installed,” Schimminger said. “The state funding I’ve been able to bring home will jump start these needed improvements.”