Express News Staff
LONG LAKE -- Things are becoming crowded at the Long Lake Firehouse, so the fire commissioners have decided it is time to build a new one.
An open house and public hearing on the plans will be Wednesday, April 23, starting at 7 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall. All residents in the Long Lake Fire District are invited to attend.
Fire Commissioner Harry Buxton says, "One reason for our moving is it is too tight for safe storage and response of fire apparatus. Also, with any future replacement of existing trucks, they would have to be specially designed for them to fit in the existing building, adding to their cost.
"The old location will be turned over to the town. It will be good for small vehicle storage and equipment."
The proposed new firehouse would be at South Hill and Newcomb Rd., behind the Long Lake Rescue Squad building.
The fire district owns all its equipment, ambulances and fire apparatus along with the land for a new firehouse. All past purchases have been made with funds put in reserve to pay for replacements as needed.
The fire district has a new $175,000 ambulance on order and will pay for it with reserve funds. All engineering and architectural fees for designing the new building have been paid.
The only things that would be paid for by issuing bonds are actual construction costs and legal fees of $800,000.
The taxpayer is currently paying $63.80 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fire taxes.
With the bond, the fire tax is estimated at $73.28 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, about $9.50 a year more for 20 years.
For example, a house assessed at $123,000 would see about $12 added to its fire tax bill each year for 20 years.