BARODA — The Baroda Township Board on Monday agreed to ask voters to approve a $2.8 million bond issue to pay for a new fire station.
“It sounds like a lot of money, and it is,” Wightman & Associates architect Chris Brayak told the board. “But it’s what it’s gonna take to build a fire station.”
Brayak said the proposed station would be located on Cleveland Avenue, north of Church Street, and would have 12,000 square feet of space.
“We’re not building a fire station for tomorrow,” Baroda Fire Department Chief Larry Klug told the board. “We’re building it for 15-20 years down the road, so we won’t have to do it again.”
The current station, located just north of the Baroda Municipal Building, is too small and is outdated, officials said. Klug said one of the department’s three trucks has 3 inches of clearance on each side through the bay door.
Voters on Aug. 7 will decide whether to approve the township’s request.
Trustee Dave Wolf, a member of the Fire Board, said it will be for a 30-year bond, paid for by a 1.6 to 2.0 mill property tax increase. Treasurer Brenda Troxell after the meeting said it’s too soon to say how much that would cost township property owners, but added that information soon will be available.
The board set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the old fire station to finalize details of the request. The board will have to hire a financial consultant and a bond attorney, and decide on other matters.
The board wanted to hold the special meeting in the regular meeting room in the Municipal Building, but the Baroda Village Council will be meeting there that night. Some members thought that its just as well to meet in the old station, as it would be a good idea to let audience members see just how cramped it is.
Brayak said the new building itself, which would be set on a three-acre lot that the township would have to buy, would cost about $1.6 million. Additional costs would include such items as buying the lot, pavement, costs for new equipment, furnishings, and so forth, he said.
The estimates contain a contingency fee, as costs can be unpredictable, Brayak said. For example, proposed tariffs on imported steel could, if implemented, hike building costs, he said.
The other proposed location for the station was on Lemon Creek Road, Brayak said. However, utilities would have to be extended to that site, which would add another $100,000 or more to the cost estimates, he added.
Troxell after the meeting said if any residents want to see drawings and plans for the station, the plans are available at Township Hall.