The community will get its first chance to see the new Almont Township Fire Hall during an open house this Sunday. photo by Tom Wearing.
August 20, 2008
ALMONT TWP. — More than a year-and-a-half after its projected completion date, the new Almont fire hall is ready for public viewing.
Firefighters and township officials will mark the official completion of the $1.35 million facility with an Open House from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Open House will include a short program, tours of the hall, food and refreshments.
"We just want to show the community what the new facility looks like," said Fire Chief Paul Wilcox. "A lot of people have been asking questions about it. They would like to see what their tax dollars paid for."
Wilcox said the hall has been getting good reviews from firefighters for its spaciousness and enhanced accommodations.
"We have larger training rooms and more office space," said Wilcox. "Everybody seems to like it. We encourage everyone to stop by Sunday to take a look for themselves."
Located at the northwest corner of Tubspring and Howland roads, the new hall boasts sufficient space for 10 firefighting apparatus, along with ample room for meeting and training.
The project was paid for through a voter-approved 1-mill tax for the purpose of constructing a new hall. The site was selected based on its convenient location in the geographical center of the township.
The new hall's completion was delayed for months because of wrangling between the contractor and township over code requirements and other matters. Both sides eventually retained attorneys to iron out the final details, at a cost of more than $11,000 to the township.
Township and village officials and firefighters continue to debate whether the old hall, located on Branch Street in the Village, should remain open to house at least one fire truck. Wilcox has regularly lobbied for maintaining a fire department presence in the downtown area.