Following lightning strike, Saratoga Springs ready to restore City Hall for $10 million

November 26, 2018 11:55 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - When firefighters were called to City Hall back on August 17, who knew the building would be closed so long.

It took a few days for city leaders to fully assess the damage caused by a lightning strike that melted a drain on the roof, redirecting all the rainwater to come gushing in.

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Three-and-a-half months later, we know what a renovated and restored City Hall will look like.

There will be modern upgrades to the offices and infrastructure. Staff in each department will be together with their colleagues, not spread out as they were before.

All police and public safety on the ground level.

The Recreation Center has been a makeshift City Hall since August. The hope is that won't be needed by next fall when renovation is finished.

"We are really looking forward to getting out of the Rec Center, to get the recreation programs going and to get a City Hall that's going to be more efficient and function well for the public and the employees," said Mayor Meg Kelly.

Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan says the tax impact hasn't been finalized yet, but assures residents that the budget will not result in exceeding the tax cap set by the state.

"It's about a $10-million project, about $5.3 million of that we believe will be at city expense, taxpayer expense," Madigan said. "We anticipate or hope up to at least potentially half will be covered by insurance."

The $10 million renovation and the entire city budget is expected to be decided at a City Council meeting Wednesday night.


Mark Mulholland

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