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Voters approve Westmere's new firehouse

A number of voters who supported the bond had a connection to the fire district.

Phyllis McClarty, a district resident, said she voted yes on the referendum because of her family history with the district. "My father has been a 50 year member of the fire district. I grew up in the firehouse and they do a damn good job," she said. She said she also voted in favor of the bond because of the large percentage of the town served by the fire district.

According to Remmert, one-third of the town's taxable property is within the district.

David Spawn, who served in the district for 39 years, and his wife Susan, also voted yes because of a family history with the department. According to Spawn, his grandparents were founding members of the department.

Bill Swartz, a 29 year veteran of the department, also voted yes on the bond. "We're getting to big for the fire house," he said. "It's not up to code; it has to be brought up to standards."

Keimer said that while the fire house has over 60 active members who widely supported the referendum, the amount of voter turnout also show it received community support as well. "I think we have about 4,000 registered voters, this [turnout] is almost ten percent of the community," he said.

The district's attorney, William Young, said that will the exception of a fire commissioner election six years ago, this voter turnout was the highest he has seen in his 30 years representing the district.

Keimer said the next step the district will take is to solicit bids from contractors for the project. Initially, the district planned for the deconstruction of the current firehouse to take place this Spring.

"Spring has just sprung, so to say," said Keimer. He said now that the bond has passed the district will have to take a look at the time tables.

"Pretty soon bulldozers and equipment will be out there," he said.

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