Department president Calvin Morgan said the existing station is aging and in need of repairs. In addition, he said, it’s "just in a bad location," on a side road where a curve in Route 198 limits visibility.
While plans for the replacement station are not yet final, he said he expects the no-frills one-story structure to have a dayroom, up to three bays for equipment, and two bathrooms to comply with building code requirements. He said it will more than likely be a steel building.
Site work for the station was nearing completion last Friday. Building committee chairman Ron Dixon said the cost so far has been $135,000, which includes purchase of the land, engineering, a commercial entrance, grading of the driveway and parking area, and some utilities.
Everything has been paid for with existing resources, said Dixon, and the project is debt-free for now. However, donations will be needed to help fund construction of the building.