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Godfrey eyes summer groundbreaking for new firehouse

Ground will be broken on a new firehouse in mid-summer, the village of Godfrey said this week.

Construction will last approximately a year and a half, making completion in early 2024.

Residents of Godfrey voted to approve a bond issue on April 4, 2021. The purpose of the bond issue was to raise money to consolidate Station 1 and 2 with the construction of a new firehouse at the former Hi Way House location on Godfrey Road.

The bonds have been issued and the Godfrey Fire District has raised $7.5 million,  Economic Development Director Jim Mager said this week in the village newsletter.

“The District was fortunate to acquire an attractive rate of 2.12 percent on the bonds,” the newsletter said..

The funds have been deposited in local financial institutions and are available for use.

Gerard Fischer, secretary treasurer, Godfrey Fire Protection District, stated that plans for the new firehouse were out for bid. The district has also hired Dan Wojtkowski as project director to oversee the construction and consolidation of the facilities. Wojtkowski resides in Godfrey and is retired as the executive director for design and construction for SSM.

With relocation of operations to the new firehouse, the current facilities of Station 1 and 2 will be vacated.

In an agreement with the village, property at 3023 Godfrey Road was transferred to the Fire District. In exchange, Station 2 will be taken over by the village and used by the Public Works Department. Station 1 will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the village.

The relocation to the new firehouse will allow for better manpower on a response call, all equipment being in a central location and, much needed, updating of facilities.

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