CHILLICOTHE— The Chillicothe Fire Department aims to use $ 41,000 from the Capital Fund for essential maintenance of Fire Station 4.
In addition to replacing the roof, the fire department is aiming to replace doors, windows, gutters and several old vents that will need to be removed to help prevent leaks in the future.
“The roof is not original, but in the 20 years that I have been here the roof has not been completely repaired,” said Aaron Knotts. “It’s been fixed here and there every time we have a leak, but the roof hasn’t been completely redone.”
The Fire Hall, located on University Drive, was built in 1969 to residential and non-commercial standards.
“He’s 52 years old and everything here was built to residential standards so nothing is metal like commercial buildings are now – he’s 50+ years old, it’s time to replace it like you would on a ordinary house. ”
On the front door of Fire Station 4, cracks and rot are evident on visual inspection.
Knotts said during the last inspection rotten wood was found under the shingles on the current roof.
“If you were a regular owner, you probably would have had it replaced twice in the past 50 years,” he said.
Former Fire Chief Jeff Creed had delayed necessary repairs to the fire station before he left, due to his vision to replace the old Fire Station 4 with a new building on Centennial Drive behind the Burger King.
However, the pandemic forced the fire station to put new construction on hold indefinitely, forcing them to appropriate funds set aside for the new building or face potentially much greater costs in the future, said leader.
“Just with the unknown of people who don’t work, of closed businesses, we are obviously funded by an income tax. If people don’t work and businesses are closed, it will be a tax cut on the income tax. income, ”he said.
The fire department had planned to pay for the new station through the security tax, the chief said, but it is uncertain whether this would provide enough funds. “We just don’t know if we’ll have that extra $ 60,000 to $ 70,000 a year to make that payment, buy what we need to buy, and not make some major changes to how the fire department works.”
The $ 41,000 will be taken from a $ 147,000 Safety Capital Levy Fund pool that was previously committed to building the station, said Bruce Arnold, chairman of the city council.
“Recently, we not only rescinded this legislation, but we also gave up on this committee request, so we got this money back so to speak,” Arnold said. “They wanted the money for fire station 4 and if not we would have had to find new money for it, so the fire chief agreed to give up the money that was already pre-allocated to get it. money to work on the existing barracks. ”
Credit for the repair of Fire Station 4 will likely be approved by city council on Monday, Arnold said.
City auditor Kristal Spetnagel said that after the allocation, the Capital Security Fund will have $ 461,796.57 in the account, of which $ 179,726.75 will be set aside for special projects.
The fire station typically covers an area from Paint Street to Veteran’s Parkway and has two vehicle locations, one used for an ambulance and the other for a fire truck. Three crew members work at the station daily.
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