ESCANABA - Escanaba Township is getting the ball rolling now that its fire department has acquired land for a new fire hall on neighboring property in Gladstone. The township board began tackling decisions on the project during it's regular meeting Monday.
Fire Chief Ken Brunette outlined a list of several items for the board to consider such as hiring an engineer, determining the use of the building, and concerns about additional construction costs down the road.
The board plans to hire Bittner Engineering Inc. as the project's engineer for the building which will be used as a fire hall and a voting precinct. The proposed 48-foot-by-72-foot structure is estimated to cost $150,000 which has been donated by the John Besse family, said Brunette. The township agreed Monday to pay additional project costs, if necessary.
The board approved the fire chief looking at prices for a new 3,000-gallon tanker/pumper for the new hall which will be built on two acres of land transferred to the township by Gladstone City.
Other items to be addressed in the future include a mutual aid agreement with Gladstone or an automatic call out agreement with the county, he added.
Brunette said work also continues on lowering the property insurance rating in conjunction with the new building providing additional fire coverage for the area.