New Fire Station To Open In July

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The new fire station will open in July, Alan Schaake of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District told the village board at its Tuesday, June 11 meeting.

The village board periodically invites taxing districts such as the schools and the fire district to give them an update on how things are going.

Schaake said the overall cost of the construction was probably a little shy of $5.8 million. Then there are “soft costs,” like what they paid to purchase the land from the village, various fees such as tap-on and furniture for the new facility. “When you add it all up it will be a total of about six point two million dollars,” he said.

The old building was built in 1957, he said. “Basically, it has come to the point where we were totally out of space and definitely needed some type of new building.”

The new building is about 19,000 square feet, Schaake said, as opposed to the old building’s 4,400. It has five drive-through bays for the fire vehicles, living quarters for the first responders and an industrial-sized washing machine to clean the firefighters’ gear. The parking lot is expected to be finished within the next two or three weeks,  he said.

”We anticipate moving in probably the week of July 8,” he said, “and by the end of that week we should be up and running.

“Demolition of the old building is scheduled to begin June 24,” he continued, “and will probably take three or four days. And then we’ll schedule an Open House. I’d like to invite everyone to attend.”

He added that he hoped to have “most of the people in the village if we could.

”I think it’s a beautiful building. We’re all excited. I know the fire department and EMS are excited,” he said. “There’s been a lot of work involved in it. These guys are very deserving of it in terms of those guys who have been here for many years working for the Fire Protection District.”

In other action, the Glen Carbon Village Board authorized an amendment to the recent intergovernmental agreement with the city of Troy to expand the scope of Bouse Road improvements on Old Troy Road within city limits. The amendment adds a larger piece of land without a change order, to be covered under the construction agreement.

The board also approved a letter of understanding and resolution required by the Illinois Department of Transportation to make Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant improvements to sidewalk ramps on Illinois Routes 157 and 159.

A final plat for the Phase 4 of the Savannah Crossing Subdivision was also approved.

The village took action on several fall events. The American Cancer Society’s Breakfestival of Hope was rescheduled from June to September 14 in Miner Park. A request and a $300 fee from the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Junior Service Club for a Witches Night Out on Saturday, October 19 in the park was given the go-ahead. Because alcohol will be served, a police officer and a public works employee will be assigned to that event.

And it approved a request for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on December 14 at Glen Carbon Cemetery by the George Rodgers Clark Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and made a $500 donation as well.

In other action the board approved:

• A preventive maintenance contract with GRP Mechanical for the rooftop and internal heating, ventilation and air conditioning units at the Glen Carbon Police Station in the amount of $3,824.

• A request from the Cool Cities Committee to authorize the village to send a letter of support  for the voluntary straw option program, which encourages restaurateurs to offer straws only to customers who ask for them and to present alternatives to them in order to help the environment.

The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

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