Four of five City Council members toured the aging Aviary at Thompson Park tonight and following the session concluded they want the structure saved....not demolished.
The Aviary was built in 1978 and was the subject of a fundraising drive in 2006. Nonetheless, the Thompson Park Conservancy this spring requested the city demolish the structure citing disrepair and difficulties adapting the structure to contemporary zoo exhibits.
Various attempts to alter the structure over time have contributed to the hodge podge look.
Lawmakers were impressed with the unique architecture and the potential for the building.
The Aviary is at the center of the Zoo property and is the edifice featured on the opening page of the Zoo website. It was built during the tenure of Mayor Karl Burns with funds from the city and from what is now the NNY Community Foundation.
Lawmakers requested an estimate of figures to accomplish the correction of deficiencies pointed out tonight including doors, the indoor pool and general deterioration of the exterior surfaces of the structure.
While city funds need to be part of the equation, it is hoped the public will contribute as well as local institutions.
How about a tiered system for levels of contribution...sparrows..quails...owls...and eagles..?
Just a thought.
We could get Dave Mance to be at least an owl !
POLICE MOVE CONTEMPLATED BY 2014
During budget discussions with Police Chief Joseph Goss, there was much interest in moving the Police out of the Jefferson County Public Safety Building
and into new quarters...either in a new building adjacent to City Hall or in the soon to be vacated Army Resesrve Center on Massey Street....The Army is moving its operation to Fort Drum this summer.
Chief Goss says he supports a departure from the PSB, an isolated facility located next to a swamp on the city's west end.