VILLA GROVE — City officials are hearing that moving the fire station from its current location on Main Street may not be necessary to move forward with the new water plant construction. Previously, it was determined that the fire and ambulance station would need to be moved to another location to make room for a new plant on the adjacent lot.
Greg Gustafson, of Berns, Clancy and Associates, told city officials that after a preliminary meeting at the site following the removal of the former police station, the new plant might fit in the current space without moving the fire station.
Mayor Terry Harbin said, "It would be nice if we could compact (the new plant) into that space." He said the city would still proceed with plans to construct a new community building and city hall at Richman Sports Complex on the south edge of town. "Moving the fire department wouldn't be a high priority like it is now," Harbin said.