According to a report from The Star Beacon, a planned $2 million Saybrook Township (OH) Fire Department (STFD) station, expected to be built on the west side of Route 45 near Route 531, is becoming more and more likely.
Township trustees are now actively looking for a design/engineering firm for a new, 8,000-square-foot fire station that has four drive-through apparatus bays and living quarters. The proposed site will include three or four acres of land.
Township Trustee Norm Jepson said that the town hopes to break ground on the station by this spring, with completion happening sometime this summer.
STFD Chief John Jyurovat said a new Station No. 2 was a priority for new $3.5-mill levy funds, which voters approved overwhelmingly in November. The levy generates about $550,000 a year.
After railroad traffic increased and frequently blocked traffic, trustees decided in 2014 to staff Station No. 2 on Carpenter Road to protect the northern section of Saybrook. However, the current building doesn’t have living space or sewers, so Saybrook rents a house at 5036 Lake Road for on-duty personnel to use.
The new station also means water rescue capabilities will be moved closer to Lake Erie and be kept inside the new station, Jyurovat said.