VIENNA - After making do with cramped quarters and dilapidated buildings, police officers and firefighters will soon enjoy renovations for both the police station and fire station, as bids are out for their construction.
"It's been a long time waiting, but we're excited about it. We're hoping the stations will be something that the residents can be proud of," township Trustee Heidi Brown said.
The fire station renovations are being handled by ms consultants for approximately $245,000, while the police station renovations will be handled by Baker, Bednar, Snyder and Associates for about $295,000, Brown said.
Fire Chief Richard Brannon said the station, where he has held his current position for the last 17 years, was built in 1947 and hasn't had any major changes since an addition in the mid-1950s.
The way the building is laid out now, a large meeting room has been divided to create a bunk room for firefighters.
"The crew quarters are not really secluded," Brannon said.
When the meeting room is used for baseball sign-ups or the annual chili cook-off, the crew has nowhere to go except the radio room, he said.
Brannon said the new plans call for an addition to the back of the station for crew quarters, a women's restroom and another office. They will also replace sinking blacktop with concrete.
"The big thing we've stressed is to get the concrete bays done quickly," before winter weather sets in, Brannon said.
The entire construction should take about seven months and will not interrupt services. Renovations on the police station should be completed by the end of the year, he said.
"We're doing our basics now and then looking to see if any additionals would be worth the benefits," Trustee Phil Pegg said.
Pegg said the police station is basically hollow on the inside, so renovations will be made inside that do not require expanding the building. They will make areas for documents to be filed and for the public to make reports as well as a larger evidence locker room, he said.
Trustees are looking into more efficient heating and cooling systems and new roofing, he said. In addition, the garage will be improved to store four cruisers while the remaining two in the fleet are being used on the road, Pegg said.
Township residents expressed support of new stations at a February meeting trustees held to gather suggestions from residents on what they would like to see happen with the $3.8 million windfall the township received from an inheritance tax.
"We're not putting on any additional levies or asking for any money," Trustee Richard Dascenzo Jr. said.
He said the trustees have been taking their time to go through the process correctly, with the renovations based on the township's size and need.
"Once we do this, for the next 30 years we're set," he said.