BRIER HILL – With a price tag of roughly $1 million, the new Brier Hill Fire Station currently under construction is designed to be a fully functional community center.
The Volunteer Fire Department is still looking for an additional $200,000 to finish the project.
The end result of a six-year planning process, the new station, located at the intersection of School Street and Route 37, will be roughly twice the size of the one currently in use, Fire Chief Shawn R. Macaulay said.
D.C. Building Systems, Watertown, is the general contractor for the project.
Jim R. Lowery, chairman of the departments building committee, said the new station is expected to be ready to house the fire department in November, with the community center opening in 2014.
Mr. Macaulay said the new station will be capable of holding the departments five trucks as well its boat, which currently sits outside.
With a larger station, Mr. Macaulay said the community center will be readily available year-round. He said the fire department will no longer have to move the fire trucks out of the building whenever an event is planned.
Now everything will be able to fit inside, Mr. Macaulay said.
Another aspect of the new project thats designed to make the fire station more functional for the community is the addition of a full kitchen, said Town Councilor David W. Stout III.
Mr. Stout said the fire department is paying for the project with community support. Donations and fundraisers have made the project possible, he said.
Its definitely been a community project, Mr. Macaulay said.
The next fundraiser planned is the departments fourth annual lawnmower race on Saturday. The days events include a car audio competition from 1 to 4 p.m. followed by a chicken barbecue at 4 p.m. at the fire station. The lawnmower races will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ball Field Grounds with a $3 per person entrance fee.
A raffle will be held, and refreshments and food will be served all day at the ball field.
Anyone looking for more information should call 317-4280.