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6/13/2014 11:59:00 AM
$350,000 loan approved for Hutsonville firehouse
The Hutsonville Fire Protection District will be building a new firehouse.

The department received a $350,000 loan from the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program.

The all-volunteer department is responsible for the Village of Hutsonville and the surrounding township. They also respond to mutual aid requests throughout the area. They have about 23 firefighters on the roster, said firefighter Todd Seaney.

The new building will go west of the site of the current fire station on East Cherry Street and face the softball field.

The current building was built in the 1940s with two bays, although they can park three vehicles in it, said Seaney.

The problem is that one bay has two trucks in it, which can be a risk if one fails to start, said Township President Charles Eckert.

There is also a building in West York that holds another truck and has some storage.

These two buildings are expensive to heat and maintain, said Eckert.

The new building will have four bays for vehicles, a meeting room, small office and space for a kitchen.

The plan is to add a kitchen and generator to turn the building into an emergency shelter.

Seaney said there is nowhere in the township that can serve as an effective community shelter.

Eckert said the board plans to purchase of the kitchen equipment in the future as a cost savings method.

The projected cost is $541,000. Of that, $150,000 is a state grant, $350,000 is from the federal loan and the remaining $41,000 will come from existing funds.

Construction is projected to begin in the late summer, said Eckert, as the steel deliveries are delayed.

"Fire stations are home to the firefighters, first-responders, and fire protection equipment that keep our communities safe. Building a modern new fire station in Crawford County will help ensure that the Hutsonville Township Fire Protection District's firefighters and first-responders are able to act quickly when an emergency happens in their community," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said in a press release.

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