2018-08-05 / Insight

Imlay City looks to rebuild fire hall


Standing inside the Imlay City Fire Dept.’s cramped 51-yearold building, Chief Rick Horton displays a rendering of the proposed new fire station that will get built if Imlay City voters say yes on Tuesday. 
Photo by Phil Foley Standing inside the Imlay City Fire Dept.’s cramped 51-yearold building, Chief Rick Horton displays a rendering of the proposed new fire station that will get built if Imlay City voters say yes on Tuesday. Photo by Phil Foley IMLAY CITY — When Imlay City built its current 6,000-square-foot fire hall on East Third Street in 1967, rural fire department trucks were based on medium duty chassis, like the Chevrolet Series 60 and Dodge D-Series, but modern fire fighting equipment dwarfs those half-century old trucks.

That’s why the Imlay City Fire Dept. wants to build a 12,000-square-foot station would have seven apparatus bays and one wash and filling station bay on the old DNR headquarters 2.66-acre- site between Borland Road and Morrice Boulevard behind the Chemical Bank on South Cedar Street.

Fire Chief Rick Horton said plans have been scaled back several times since planning began last year.

City officials want to borrow $3 million to cover the cost of the building and pay for it with a 20-year bond issue. For a homeowner with a house with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000, the levy would cost an additional $101.62 a year for the next 20 years.

Horton said the city’s current fire hall has reached the end of its useful life and the city needs something that will meet its needs for the next 20 to 30 years.

To pay for it, Imlay City is asking its voter to approve the 2.0323-mill general obligation unlimited tax bond on Tuesday.

The proposed fire hall will have a couple of offices, a squad room, a laundry and locker room and a community room capable of holding up to 90 people.

Phil Foley

ASKING FOR

20 year bond

2.0323 general obligation unlimited tax bond

Total: $3 million

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