Canton (CT) taxpayers will decide November 2 whether to spend $5.4 million for a new firehouse that town officials say could improve service, reports courant.com.
Town officials have been beating the new-station drum for several years now, as they say the River Road firehouse is cramped and outdated. The station, in Collinsville, was built in the early 1970s. And, despite EMTs sleeping there, it wasn’t designed with sleeping quarters, the report says.
It’s about 9,480 square feet with four truck bays, but only two bays are full size. The building has two floors, but with no elevator or ramps it fails to meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.
If voters approve the project in a referendum, the plan is to demolish the current building and erect a 14,080-square-foot replacement with five full bays, more storage, and a sleeping area, the report says.