The East Pembroke Fire District plans to proceed with the construction of a new fire hall at a different location.
After residents voted to approve to build a new fire hall last year, the project was delayed by Fire District officials to consider a more suitable location.
According to Robert Yungfleisch, chairman of the East Pembroke Fire District, the property that was originally part of the project had wetland issues and would have been expensive to build on. After a property owner offered to donate a parcel earlier this year, the Fire District decided to wait on the project.
The Fire Commission met last week to discuss moving forward with the project as soon as they take ownership of the property.
The donated parcel is located on Barrett Drive near property already owned by the Fire District. The parcel is approximately six to eight acres.
Due to the change of address, residents must vote on the project again. The environmental studies and site assessments must be redone as well.
Yungfleisch stated taxes will not go up for 20 years. The tax increase that was implemented last year figures in the mortgage on the new building, new equipment, maintenance and other expenses.
The cost of the project cannot exceed $3 million. The Fire District is in the process of making adjustments to cut down the original estimated cost of $3,170,000. Although the cost of materials and labor has increased since last year, Yungfleisch thinks the district can work within the budget.
"With the new property, we are looking at different options for labor and materials so it shouldn't be a problem knocking off $170,000," Yungfleisch said.
The project can receive up to $500,000 through a New York State Emergency Services Revolving Loan. The rest of the project will be funded through U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Loan. Property owners will pay for the loan over 30 years.
The Fire District has been dealing with structural problems with its current building ever since a car struck the fire hall in 2012. A new fire hall is needed to handle the weight of the fire trucks and provide extra storage for equipment.
"The new fire hall will serve our community for 100 years," Yungfleisch said.
The Fire Commission will meet again to discuss project expenses before they hold a public hearing in September. The vote is tentatively set to take place in October. If the vote is approved, Yungfleisch, hopes to start building the new fire hall next spring.