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East Berne voters to consider bond for new fire station

Jul 05, 2022 1:45 pm

Noah Zweifel reports in the Altamont Enterprise that voters in the East Berne Volunteer Fire Company district will vote July 12 on a $2.7 million bond to build a new fire station. Firefighters show off the hole in the slant ceiling as proof they need a new building. It came when a someone from another fire company backed a truck up in the station and its rear light went through the plaster. “Things are a little tight in here,” said Fire Chief Scott Duncan. Because the property the current fire station is at is also small, the company would put the new station at 792 Helderberg Trail, which they have already purchased. The new building could house all of the company's trucks, plus would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, unlike the current space. “We had to stop [hosting] the board of elections because we can’t get handicapped people in here,” Duncan said. If the bond is approved in the southern Albany County town, the estimated tax impact would be less than $100 per year for an average homeowner, but Fire Commissioner Mary Alice Molgard said they, “don’t know for sure yet.” Voters can see the current building for themselves when they cast their votes there at the Main Street station on July 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Read more about this story in the Altamont Enterprise.