Nanuet voters passed a $16.1 million bond to build a new
firehouse by a wide margin on Tuesday although the total turnout was low.
Fire Commissioner Harold Straut said residents of the Nanuet Fire District voted 314 in favor of the project to 190 against. A total of 504 people out of the district’s 13,537 eligible voters cast ballots.
"On behalf of all of the members of the Nanuet Fire Company we are all truly thankful to the residents of Nanuet for their support for the new firehouse project,” said Straut. “We will now be able to move forward and bring a well designed, functioning building to the Nanuet Community."
Straut and others had spoken at community meetings about the deteriorating conditions of the 70-year-old building on Prospect Street. The current building lacks sprinklers and an elevator and has one wooden staircase to the second level, inadequate storage space for firefighters’ equipment, and truck bays that are provide little maneuvering area for the new, larger vehicles.
The proposed building of 23,296 square feet will be constructed on property on Old Middletown Road already purchased by the fire district. At the meetings held on the project, fire officials said if the bond passed that construction could begin in September 2014 with occupancy about two years later. For the owner of a home assessed at $135,000 the new firehouse is expected to cost $14.23 per month or $170.76 annually.
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