Crystal Township talks fire barn addition


Posted by Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 2:08 pm on Friday, January 04 2013

The Crystal Township Board held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss construction for a proposed addition to the fire barn. — File photo

CRYSTAL — The Crystal Township Board held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss construction for a proposed addition to the fire barn.

Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage discussed the plans they had in mind for the addition.

“What we are proposing is a 60-by-60 addition to the current fire barn,” Fitzpatrick said.

The reason for the addition is to allow the fire department to house its equipment in one building and bring the fire barn up to current codes and regulations.

Wednesday’s discussion mainly centered on what type of building, use of space and how and when construction bidding would take place. However, so many questions arose about space use and building codes that Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann suggested someone should come to the board with a professional design.

“The next step would be getting an architectural drawing before we could start any bidding process,” Naumann said.

Wednesday’s special meeting basically gave Fitzpatrick and Brundage a chance to hash out possible design and use of space in the addition, including the use of space in the current building.

“The only real problem with the current building is the doors,” Brundage said. “They’re terrible and we need to avoid that in the new addition.”

The hourlong meeting ended with a request to have an architectural design brought to the next board meeting before any further discussion could happen.

The next step in the process will be decided during the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to Crystal Township Supervisor Chris Johnston.

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