A Monday walk-through of the north end of the Whitehall Municipal Complex, the former Skenesborough Firehouse, looked like the last fifteen minutes of the old ABC TV show, “Extreme Make-over, Home Edition”––almost ready, but not quite.
The main breaker box was installed, walls were sheet-rocked and painted, bright pine doors, leaning against hallways, waited to be hinged and framed framed in bright pine.
A large piece of police equipment had even been moved into a small room, facing the entrance door of the north side. But the police were still quartered at the village highway department on Montcalm Street. Meanwhile, two carpenters were busy finishing up the work on the new quarters for Whitehall’s 18-member full-time and part-time police department.
Speaking from his Montcalm Office, as he dictated “police beat” news, Village Police Chief Matt Dickinson said the grand opening of the new station would probably take place the second week of October.
In late September, Town Councilman Dick LaChappelle estimated that the police would be ready to move into their new quarters the week of Oct. 7 through 11. When LaChappelle made that estimate, town and village officials were conducting a tour for anyone interested of the fast-forming police station.
Spectators then saw that the police station offices had been framed-in with two-by-fours, but walls, door frames, doors and police equipment were not in evidence. Now, the offices spaces have been built and only lack doors, equipment and police.
Police had hoped to move in on Monday. But Dickinson explained that although the new quarters are nearly finished, he wanted to have all police equipment moved into municipal complex before he moves his men from the old Montcalm Street site to their new offices on historic Main Street.
“There is no point having some men over here and some over there,” Dickinson said.
Within another 14 days, or mid-October, Dickinson said there would be a “grand opening,” with all of the traditional fixings like balloons and bunting.