Tolono waives fees for new fire station

Tolono waives fees for new fire station

TOLONO — The village is waiving all fees for sewer and water hookups at the new fire station being built on Tolono's east side.

Fire Protection District Trustee Denny Davis said the fire department is submitting an application to receive tax increment financing district revenue to pay for a required detention pond and sidewalks being put around the building, which will be at the corner of North Bourne and East Reynolds streets.

The fire department had planned to start pouring footings on Wednesday and move into the new building by Dec. 22, but delays with environmental concerns stalled progress.

The village's building official, Tony Battaglia, said that when the Tolono Primary School was demolished from the site in 2003 and '04, a grievance was filed with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that all asbestos was removed and that suitable fill material was used.

Battaglia said that after inspecting the site, it appears that all asbestos, ceiling tile, floor tile and stair treads were removed.

Preliminary site preparation began two weeks ago.

"It's changed every day in the last seven days," said Fire Protection District Trustee Ann Haluzak.

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