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Miami Township Fire-Rescue is holding an open house this Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the fire station on Corry Street. (Photo via mtfr.org)

Miami Township Fire-Rescue is holding an open house this Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the fire station on Corry Street. (Photo via mtfr.org)

Plans for a new fire station, and an open house

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A new fire station may finally be in the works for Miami Township. The township has the land; it has the preliminary plans; and now it is seeking voter support for a 2.4-mill levy over 30 years to finance the new station.

The new facility is estimated to cost $5.75 million. It would be located on two acres of land the township purchased for $350,000 from Wright State University last October, a portion of the former WSU Physicians medical clinic on Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. The purchase followed over five years of negotiations with the university. The new, much larger station is needed to safely house equipment to meet national standards, as well as provide expanded facilities for department staff and volunteers, according to Fire Chief Colin Altman this week.

Voters will have a chance to weigh in this spring, with the new levy on the ballot May 2. If passed, the new levy would cost homeowners $84 per year for every $100,000 of appraised home value for the next 30 years.

Miami Township Fire-Rescue is opening its doors to the community this Saturday, April 1, noon–2 p.m., with an open house at the current fire station at 225 Corry St. Local residents are invited to visit the fire station, meet the firefighters and EMTs and tour the equipment. Fire engine rides will be available for young and old. Department members will be on hand to talk about plans for the new station and answer questions.

In addition, a public forum on the issue will be held Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Corry Street station.

Read a more detailed report on the new fire station in the March 30 issue of the News.

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Plans for a new fire station, and an open house

by Audrey Hackett