By Monica Pryts/Staff Writer
SLIPPERY ROCK —
Slippery Rock council members on Tuesday got their first look at detailed land development plans for the borough's new fire station.
John Galbo of Taylor Engineering, New Castle, gave a brief presentation during the meeting, explaining each step of the three-phase project to build a new facility for the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company.
"Each phase of this structure is sort of a standalone," he said of how fire department operations will not be interrupted during construction.
The new station will be built on an empty lot facing New Castle Street behind the current one, which is located at 162 Elm St. and includes a social hall and space that houses the fire company's ambulance service.
The price tag has been estimated at $2.5 million and the fire company has been holding various fundraisers, seeking donations and looking into loan options to cover the cost.
The new ambulance building will be part of the first phase; phase two includes construction of the fire station itself; and the social hall will be built during phase three, Galbo said.
Also, more parking will be added off of Elm Street, the smaller part of the current facility will be demolished and signs will be added to New Castle Street warning motorists not to block the fire station driveways and that emergency vehicles could be exiting at any time.
"That's gonna be a wide berth," council member Itzi Meztli said of the turn the trucks will be making onto New Castle.
Mayor Ken Harris asked if there could also be some kind of warning light that flashes when the fire trucks are exiting the bays to alert motorists.
Council member Royce Lorentz added safety is the main issue but council doesn't want the fire company to spend more money than necessary.
The signs are PennDOT recommendations and the plans have already been reviewed by the Slippery Rock Planning Commission and the borough engineer, HRG Engineering Inc., Cranberry Township, Galbo said.
Galbo is not yet certain of the construction timeline since that depends mostly on the fire company's financing of the project, but the new facility can function before the completion of phase three.
Council member Jerry Heller said he wants more information about how the project will be financed before council votes on the fire company's land development application, which was listed on Tuesday's meeting agenda for approval.
"They're nowhere near being ready," borough solicitor Neva Stanger said of actual construction.
Council agreed to table the issue.
Published Oct. 5, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.