The LeRoy Fire Department has had to buy custom-made fire trucks to fit under the firehouse's 9 feet, 1 inch clearance. (Photo courtesy LeRoy Fire Protection District)
By Eric Stock
LeROY - LeRoy voters will be asked on Tuesday to help pay for a new fire station.
The $1.9 million bond issue would enable the LeRoy Fire Protection District to replace it's century-old fire station with a modern facility - one that Fire Chief Jeffrey Whitesell said could actually fit a regular-size fire truck.
"The problem we have is the ceilings are low, we have to have fire trucks custom-made to fit the building, which is bringing the cost of trucks anywhere between 10 to 17 percent higher," Whitesell said.
He said it cost the department an additional $27,000 to have custom-made the last truck it purchased in 2008.
Whitesell said the department will soon need to replace a 1979 tanker and he hasn't found a manufacturer that could build one small enough to fit in its current firehouse.
"It's getting some age on it. It's a steel tank, and the tank is starting to rust and leak," Whitesell said.
The bond sale would increase the property tax bill about $75 for the owner of a $150,000 home.
The building at 110 S. East St. is believed to be more than 100 years old. Whitesell said the district moved into the facility when the fire protection district was formed about 60 years ago.
"We are looking forward to having a new building and to move into something the department can look at for the future as trucks continue to get larger and the department expands to meet the needs of the community," Whitesell said.
The LeRoy Fire Protection District spans about 84 square miles from north of Moraine View State Park to the DeWitt County line and between 2100 and 3400 East roads.