LAKEMOOR – The former village hall that got its start as a fire station is ending its existence as a training site.
The McHenry Township Fire Protection District spent the week conducting training sessions at the old village hall, 234 Rand Road.
Firefighters practiced basic firefighting skills including search and rescue, advancing hose lines and ladder placement during drills, some of which included simulated smoke conditions.
The village is waiting to hear back from McHenry County on a demolition application it submitted last week, Village Administrator David Alarcon said.
The process can take up to three weeks for approval, but the contractor is pretty much ready to go as soon as the permit comes through, Alarcon said.
The village’s administrative offices moved out of the building, which dates to the 1950s, into two rented suites at 28874 W. Route 120 because the former village hall was not handicapped accessible.
The administrative offices were located on the second floor, and the building lacked an elevator.
“Even though it had a great view of the lake, the building served its purpose. It’s time to move,” Alarcon said. “When you talk about image, that building did not represent what our community really is.”
The Village Board has been scoping out sites for a new village hall. The comprehensive plan adopted earlier this year recommends building one in the downtown area, an area the board hopes to further develop and make walkable.