Townships have a new fire hall

HANCOCK – In June 2012, voters approved a special assessment district to fund construction of a new fire hall for the Quincy, Franklin and Hancock townships fire departments, and recently that process was completed as equipment was moved into the new building on Sunshine Road in Franklin Township.

Construction on the building began in July and Glenn Ekdahl, Franklin Township supervisor, said it was finished on time and within budget.

A bond not to exceed $700,000 to fund the project was approved by voters in Franklin Township in November. Franklin Township is the owner of the building. The special assessment is 1.7 mills.

“We have to review (the assessment) every year,” Ekdahl said.

With engineering costs, Ekdahl said the cost of the building was close to the $700,000.

He said the new fire hall was needed because of a safety issue at the old hall on U.S. 41 near the Quincy Mine Hoist, which was built in 1949 when firefighting equipment was smaller. Vehicles often have to back into traffic on the highway when answering calls.

Ekdahl said the new 60-by-70 feet building has plenty of room for the larger equipment, and it should last decades.