A North Londonderry Township woman believes Palmyra should be spending money on solving sinkhole problems before embarking on a new $4.5 million fire station at the borough municipal center.
Nicole Reitz has gathered about 200 signatures so far on petitions that ask the borough to hear residents’ concerns about the proposed fire station site at Railroad and Walnut streets.
Reitz, who lies in that neighborhood, believes the location is unsafe and too close to a neighborhood and school.
“We’ve got Cherry Street caving in, and yet we’re worried about taking out a prevailing wage loan for a fire company that’s already in a safe building and residents are not,” Reitz said. “We will have a $5 million fire company sitting in a ghost town that has sunk into the ground.”
She and her supporters have organized a town hall meeting for 6 p.m. June 8 at DiNunzio’s Barber Shop, 33 E. Main St., Palmyra. The event will include discussion and a chance for the public to sign the petition, Reitz said.
The fire station project has been the subject of numerous public meetings and discussions over the years. At a special meeting held in Citizens Fire Company hall April 13, council voted to finally approve the project and commit funding, and North Londonderry Township has agreed to pay half of the cost. The fire company is hoping to raise $375,000 in a capital campaign that will soon launch.
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