Officials break ground for new fire hall
The Recorder

FRANKVILLE – Officials broke ground on the township’s brand new fire station Thursday morning, marking the beginning of the end of a years-long process.

Elizabethtown-Kitley Township mayor Brant Burrow performed the ceremonial honours among a group of dignitaries, including the fire chief and members of council, setting into motion the construction of a brand new building that will service the north end of the municipality.

“It’s been many years in the making,” Brant Burrow said on Thursday.

Last week, council chose Eastern Ontario-based Bourgon Construction to take on the project for $1.8 million. Officials hope the 8,826 sq. ft. building, located at the corner of County Road 29 and Baker Road on a six-acre patch of land the township acquired last year, will be done by July 2021.

Local residents Garnet and Lorna Baker donated the cleared and level land to the township in the summer of 2019. The township then purchased three additional acres of connecting land, creating a “single lot to meet current and any future needs which may arise,” the township wrote in a press release.

The new building will replace the aging Station 3 in Frankville, which is now around 56 years old, after studies concluded the current location didn’t have enough land to accommodate a new station or allow for future growth.

The fire station currently servicing this part of the township couldn’t be rehabilitated for a variety of reasons, including the fact it can’t properly accommodate the increased size of the new fire trucks that are currently the norm, according to the township.

Also, the facilities, including the meeting room, washroom, showers and kitchenette are not in compliance with accessibility requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic put the project slightly behind schedule, as Burrow previously said he hoped to have their equipment in the new building by the time the new year rolled around. But he’s grateful, he said, that the project is now officially getting done, late or not.

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