continued According to Perrin, Station 1 is in need of significant repairs. Originally built in the 1950s with additional bays constructed in the 1980s, there are significant structural issues, along with asbestos on the second floor and numerous safety concerns.
“As we pull out, members are getting dressed and the apparatus is going out while they’re getting dressed,” Perrin said. “The apparatus is too close to the road. They’re stopping traffic to pull into the road, and lately, it’s been ugly, because people aren’t stopping for us anymore. Used to be, they’d stop. Now they’ll try to sneak around. And it’s getting worse.”
In order to correct the problem, the CFD has purchased the four-and-a-half acre property to the north using a Bond Anticipation Note (BAN). But before it can proceed with any expansion, the department needs the approval of the voters within the Cicero fire district. For the renovation of Station 1, the costs will fall to the taxpayers within the fire district. The department has hired Hueber-Breuer Construction Company to manage the renovation project.
About 15 to 20 taxpayers attended the Jan. 6 meeting, where many agreed that the renovation was necessary. However, several asked that the department renegotiate the fire protection contracts with the town to help offset the costs.
The next public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the station.