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Long Lake needs new fire house.

Posted by peteklein on April 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM

LONG LAKE–Things are becoming crowded at the Long Lake Volunteer Firehouse and in response the Long Lake Fire Commissioners have decided it is time to build a new firehouse that will provide more room for the fire trucks and equipment.

To let the public know what they are planning, the commissioners have decided to hold an open house and public hearing on their plans, and have scheduled it to take place on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Details will be provided at the meeting and all residents in the Long Lake Fire District are invited to attend.

Fire Commissioner Harry Buxton has provided some early information on what is planned and why.

Buxton says, “One reason for our moving is it’s to tight for safe storage and response of fire apparatus. Also, with any future replacement of existing trucks, they would have to be specially designed for them to fit in the existing building adding to their cost.

“The old location will be turned over to the town. It will be good for small vehicle storage and equipment. But larger vehicle storage would be difficult.

“The proposed new firehouse will be located at South Hill and Newcomb Rd. The site is in rear of existing Rescue Squad building.”

Currently the fire district owns all its equipment, ambulances and fire apparatus along with the land for new firehouse. All past purchases have been made with monies put in reserve to pay for replacement as needed.

The fire district has a new $175.000 ambulance on order and will pay for it with reserve funds upon delivery. All engineering and architectural fees for design of building have been paid. The only thing being bonded is construction of the new firehouse and legal fees.

COSTS

The commissioners have released the following estimates on what the new firehouse will cost and how they plan to pay for it.

The total Bond cost is estimated at $800,000

The taxpayer is currently paying $63.80 per $100.000 of assessed valuation in fire taxes.

With the bond, it is estimated they would pay $73.28 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fire taxes, which would translate into a rise of about $9.50 per year for 20 years in fire taxes.

An example, a house currently assessed at $123,000 would see about $12 added to the tax bill each year a new fire station for 20 years.

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