Fate of new Webster fire station lies in voters’ hands

17 Jul

The North East Joint Fire District would like to build a brand new North Station on Phillips Road, but they can’t do it without voters’ permission.

The new station would be built at 566 Phillips Road (near Schlegel Road), a location which was purchased and cleared several years ago with the ultimate plan to use it for a new station.  The 12,600 square-foot facility would serve as a joint fire/EMS facility for the north end of the district. It would cost $5.4 million.

And that’s where the voters come in.

The district wants the Webster community to fund $4.9 million of that cost, bonded over the next 30 years. On Tuesday July 24 they’ll put that bond resolution up to a vote, and if it’s passed, hope to begin construction on the new station next summer and complete it in 6-8 months.

A public information session was held on June 14 which detailed the entire planning and design process the district has gone through to get to this point. If you weren’t at that meeting, you can see a comprehensive 35-minute narrated slide show recapping the meeting by clicking here.

One of the main questions, of course, is how much such a $4.9 million, 30-year bond would add to our taxes.  Here’s the slide that details that (click on it for a closer look):

If you’d still like more information after you watch the slide show, plan to attend the Fire Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at 35 South Avenue and ask your questions there.

The bond vote will be held on Tuesday July 24 from 3-9 pm at the Webster Presbyterian Church, 550 Webster Road (Rt. 250).  All registered voters in the Northeast Joint Fire District are eligible to vote.  The district is roughly the area bordered by Hard Rd./Whiting Rd./Shoecraft to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the south and County Line Road on the east.  Click here to see a pdf of the district.

This is an important vote. There’s lots of our money involved, after all. So please get informed by watching the video or attending tomorrow’s meeting, and then get out and vote.

 

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