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County advised to purchase fire training facility

NORWICH – Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith requested last week that the county consider purchasing the fire and emergency management training facility located on Hale Street in Norwich.

The property is currently leased from the City of Norwich. In his proposal to the Chenango County Board of Supervisors, Beckwith said the facility currently needs some renovations and must be owned by the county in order to receive state and federal grants for the work.

Chenango County Finance Committee Chairman Jack Cook, R-Greene, asked why the building would have to be purchased to receive the benefits. Beckwith explained that the grant process is extremely in-depth, and the state won’t consider applications as long as the building is being leased.

“We have a lot of money invested into that building already,” said Beckwith. “The lease is set to expire soon and we aren’t eligible to receive grants for any more work on the structure.”

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