RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway was informed Thursday night about the possibility of moving the fire station in the near future.
Fairfield County Council Vice Chairman Dwayne Perry (District 1) was in attendance at the meeting and informed the Town of Ridgeway that county council is planning to move Ridgeway’s fire station. Perry noted that the fire station would still be very close to the downtown area.
“We’re just trying to find a spot that is safer, because right now they’re struggling to get those trucks in at the current location,” he advised. “That process is ongoing and we should be making an announcement very soon.”
Perry also noted that the new location would not change the ISO rating.
Herring inquired about what would happen to the current building when the fire station moves. Perry advised that the county has discussed plans of donating the old property and that they would work very closely with the Town of Ridgeway.
“I’m sure we’ll put a value on it, bring it back to county council and then figure out how we could get it to the Town of Ridgeway,” he stated.
Herring said the town has a long-term strategic plan of constructing a recreational park, which could also be used for different events.
“However in order to do that we have to get a park, recreation and tourism grant, but we have to know where that park would go,” she explained.
Perry said he would schedule a time to discuss future long-term plans concerning recreation with Herring.
Councilman Russ Brown requested council and staff make a concentrated effort to keep the miscellaneous funds for FY 2014-2015 under budget.
“I think we should work on that so we know where it’s going,” he stated during Thursday’s meeting.
Brown noted that the miscellaneous funds were nearly double over last year’s FY 2013-2014 budget.
“I think part of that is because we put so many things in miscellaneous,” Herring noted.