Residents of the Nanuet Fire District go to the polls at the
Nanuet Firehouse on Prospect Street between 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday to vote on a
$16.1 million 25-year bond to replace the deteriorating, outdated building with
a new firehouse.
The proposed firehouse would be constructed a short distance away on Old Middletown Road.
Fire department officials held a series of community meetings this spring and summer to inform the public about the problems firefighters face with the current firehouse and to share plans for the new larger facility. The proposed building would be 23,296 square feet compared to the current facility’s 13,403 square feet.
Fire Commissioner Harold Straut said the proposed firehouse would benefit the community by enhancing emergency services, modernizing the facility and providing volunteers with an environment that is safe to work in and energy efficient.
"I hope we've shown everyone our needs and why we need a new building and the financial impact it will have," he said.
Half of the six bays would be 60 feet long and the others 41 feet, eight inches long and all would measure at least 15 feet, four inches wide. Solar panels on the roof would connect to a net metering system and reduce electrical costs.
The fire district already purchased 2.1 acres of property for the hoped for new building on Old Middletown Road in 2012 with funds it accumulated in its capital reserves account. The new firehouse would cost $14.23 per month or $170.76 annually for the owner of a home assessed at $135,000.
The Nanuet Fire District has 13,537 eligible voters. Straut said if anyone is on line at the 9 p.m. poll closing time, they will still be able to vote. Once the polls are closed, the Rockland County Board of Elections will determine the results.
View a video about the project here.