TOLONO — The village board is considering two requests for tax increment financing funding from two public entities, the Tolono Fire Protection District and the Tolono Library District.
The Tolono Fire Protection District would like to build a new fire station on the corner of Bourne and Reynolds streets. There is currently a station on the east side of town on Main Street and on the west side of town on Linden Street. The new station would replace the station on the west side.
The current building being used on the west side is more than 50 years old. The department purchased the building three years ago, and with the assistance of the village board and $50,000 of TIF money, rehabbed the building to fit its needs. However, the building only has space to house trucks, and newer trucks are too big even to fit in the bays.
The fire district proposed a plan for the new station to have four bays, one of which would be empty for the time being, as well as office space, a commons room, a meeting area, a kitchen, a radio room, a shower room, a utility room, bathrooms and a second-floor storage area. The design of the building would allow the meeting area, kitchen and bathrooms to be closed off from the other areas, allowing the space to be available for public use.
After scaling back the project from a previous TIF application, the new building would cost just under $1 million.