continued Maintenance costs for the building have been rising, along with electric and gas bills. Last year, the district spent $3,000 on gas and $10,000 on electricity, according to District Manager Judy Bayer.
Considering these expenses, along with deterioration of the building, which includes mold in the walls, the committee concluded that structural steel would be able to be saved, along with three fire truck bays.The locations of emergency calls helped to the committee decide that the current location of the station was still the best.
Miller said that there were two main goals in the decision making process of the committee.
“One was to build what was needed, and the other was to do it without a tax increase,” said Miller.
Improvements in the proposed project include addition of an office, a decontamination room, laundry room, a bailout window (where firefighters practice rappelling) and enlargement of the training and fitness rooms. 1,500 square feet of storage room would also be added.
Committee member and town resident Owen Scott Quirion saw the opportunity to be on the committee as a way to utilize his skills and to help his community.
“I do project work at GE, and everything has a budget. One ofthe things I wanted to bring along was to keep this affordable for the people of the Jonesville Fire District. None of us like to see our taxes go up. …My philosophy and I think I share this with a lot of taxpayers…is that people who do a job like responding to fires and emergencies, I think everybody would agree that you want them safe,” he said.
He also said he had to get past what his idea, and that of most people’s is — that that a fire station is just a garage for fire trucks.
“To be honest, it’s far from that. There are a lot of things that take place at a fire station…like training and meetings,” he said.