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Fire station addition OK’d in Manhattan

Manhattan is getting new fire station.  |  Supplied rendering

Manhattan is getting a new fire station. | Supplied rendering

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Updated: June 12, 2014 6:57AM



The Manhattan Village Board has approved a site plan for a $2.4 million addition to Fire Station 1 that will not be financed with public money, Fire Chief Dan Forsythe said.

Forsythe told the board this past week that the Manhattan Fire Protection District has accumulated $1 million since 1996 from building impact fees and another $500,000 from ambulance fees.

The remaining $900,000 will come from a 10-year loan at about 3.5 percent interest that will have a payment of about $120,000 a year, he said.

The fire district considered other options, including renting space or buying land and building a new station.

Forsythe said the addition is the best option at a reasonable cost.

“We’re not doing anything really crazy, we are just making sure we have what we need and have enough room,” the chief said.

“It’s exciting to know you are not spending any tax dollars on this,” Mayor Jamie Doyle told him.

Forsythe said the fire district does not splurge, calling the district board “tight” when it comes to spending.

“I have a problem sometimes buying new paper clips sometimes,” he said.

Several board members commented about the building’s attractive appearance.

The site plan includes a brick facade, a new monument sign and extending and paving the parking lot.

The village board’s approval is subject to final engineering approval. Forsythe said he expects construction to start June 1 and take six to eight months.



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