Monticello looks at buying property next to fire station
MONTICELLO — A home bordering the current fire station on North Hamilton Street is on the market, and Superintendent of City Services Floyd Allsop asked aldermen if they wanted to purchase it for possible expansion of the firehouse in the future.
Council members agreed more room is needed at the facility, not only to store current equipment but to handle future purchases that could include a ladder truck. As of now, the department stores a fire truck at another site, in addition to a pickup truck and trailer that are kept outside.
There is no formal construction plan in place, but Allsop said fire trustees agree the best option is to expand at its current location. The best direction is to the north, which would likely necessitate the purchase and eventual demolition of a home, currently on the market for $98,900.
Council member John Miller said he was in favor of obtaining the property to the north as soon as possible, but felt an actual construction project should wait.
"I'm in favor of looking at getting the property locked up and owned by the city, then not having any development over there for five years or longer so that we can go ahead and finish our current projects and paid for before we step into another big project," Miller said.
Allsop was directed to gather more information and report back to the council.
— In other business: Construction of a new above-ground water storage tank near the downtown city building and historic train depot is on hold after more firm cost estimates came in around $200,000 higher than originally thought.
Engineer Andy Kieser said the original estimate of $405,000 for a low-maintenance, 300,000-gallon concrete tank was done before companies visited the site. The tight quarters that were seen at a site visit later boosted the potential cost.