The Decatur (IL) City Council voted Monday to approve the construction of a new Station 7 at Chestnut Avenue just south of U.S. 36, reports herald-review.com.
The vote enters the city into a $3.11 million contract with Bloomington-based Felmley-Dickerson Co. for construction of the new facility.
One of the main reasons for the new station is improved response times. Station 7’s current location is on the southwest corner of the Decatur Airport and is shared by the park district, which runs its own fire operations for the airport.
The new digs is one part of a larger, $8.6 million project to build three new stations and renovate four existing facilities. Funding comes from bonds, the report says, which will be paid back to the tune of about $600,000 a year for the next 20 years. The city also plans to use about $350,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds to cover cost overruns.
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