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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Contrite Kim returns with new proposals

Ron Kim, public safety commissioner, began his agenda with an apology.

To the extent that my leaving the council table was taken that I had given up on the public safety building, I am sorry.

Kim made his statement at the Tuesday, Oct. 16, City Council meeting two weeks after walking out of the Oct. 2 meeting following the 3-to-2 defeat of a lease-buyback proposal of a $17 million public safety facility on Woodlawn Avenue.

"I meant no disrespect to you, mayor, the City Council, the police or firemen, or any member of this community," said Kim.

Following his apology, Kim brought two more proposals for the construction of a public safety facility in front of the City Council in an attempt to get a project approved before the city enters another budget cycle.

One of Kim's proposals could cut the cost of the facility by more than a third, from $17 million to $12 million.

The commissioner has drafted two requests for proposals connected with a new building for police and courts, this time in a city-owned parking lot on High Rock Avenue. The first request for proposals that Kim unveiled was a design request for a construction cost considerably lower than the $17 million price tag that has been bandied about for months.

"What we're essentially saying to the design community is we want to design for a construction cost of not more than $12 million," said Kim. "We've lowered the cost, said here are the functions we need to have, what can we do?"

Kim said he has also asked designers to incorporate "green" technology in the design to make use of sustainable energy and drive down operating costs.

The other proposal has a requirement attached that mandates the facility incorporate a parking garage that would house 500-600automobiles.

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