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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Contrite Kim returns with new proposals

Kim pointed out $1 million has already been approved for design of a facility, and said with the $12 million proposal, he is not asking for a cut in the building's function.

"We're essentially just responding to some of the council's comments and saying, 'Here's our budget and let's get our ideas on the table,' " said Kim.

Kim said the requests for proposals may not answer all of the questions regarding a new public safety facility " and may raise others " but would provide more information.

Commissioner of Public Works Thomas McTygue said he was not given a copy of Kim's proposal before the meeting " violating the city policy of having all commissioners view a request for proposal before it goes before the public. He read from a memorandum Mayor Valerie Keehn circulated regarding McTygue's request for proposal process concerning the sale of the city-owned parking lot adjacent to Lillian's.

"Any proposal RFP we were told to distribute to the other City Council members," said McTygue, holding up the memo. "I'll throw this in the wastebasket, where it probably should have gone in the first place, and go along with this so we can get the best product available."

McTygue did convince Kim to hold off on the High Rock parking proposal so that the council could create a larger, parking lot/public safety facility similar to the proposal for the Woodlawn Avenue rejected by the council at its last meeting.

Kim agreed to go forward only with the design RFP at this time, but reminded the council that with every delay, the nearly three-year construction and move-in phase of the project is put off and the price of the facility goes up.

Commissioner of Accounts John Franck said waiting might not be a bad thing.

"We asked you six weeks ago to do what you're doing today," he said to Kim. "A month of delay, it looks like we already saved $5 million.""

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