Rebuilding a station
Published 9:16 pm Thursday, March 8, 2018
Building could also house fundraisers, council meetings
CLARKS GROVE — On March 6, 2017, a tornado tore through Clarks Grove, causing extensive damage to the city’s fire station, along with many other buildings in the area.
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Today, the city is coming closer to starting construction on a new $1.4 million, 7,240-square-foot fire station on the land of the current station, without having to raise taxes.
The fire station is expected to hold five fire trucks. Apparatus bays will be able to host fundraisers, and the new building will be up to code.
The space will also be able to be used for community events, along with the Clarks Grove City Council meetings.
“It’s a high-efficiency building,” said Mayor Bruce Hansen.
After months of work following the tornado, the city obtained insurance funds from damage the tornado caused and received assistance from the Minnesota Tornado Fund. The city expects to receive an additional grant, and because of approximately $100,000 to $150,000 of city funds, taxes will not need to be increased for the project.
“The building committee and the council, I think, were both very happy about being able to put up a new, user-friendly, up-to-date facility that wouldn’t burden the taxpayers,” Hansen said. He described the planned facility as “a 100-year building.”
The new facility is expected to include a kitchen, more room for firefighters to put their gear on and trucks to enter the station. The outside of the building will feature red doors and red trim.
“It’s a better building,” said Clarks Grove Fire Chief Steven Thisius.
A community meeting to discuss the new facility will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. The city hopes the new facility is open by the end of the year.