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McHenry fire district to conduct internal assessment

McHENRY – With land for a fifth station purchased and expansion plans for the main station on hold, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District is putting together a game plan.

The district's board of trustees had originally thought about hiring an outside firm to develop a strategic facilities plan, but when a mix-up meant the interested firms would have had to resubmit their qualifications, the board decided to put the process on hold.

At its last meeting, the board directed Fire Chief Tony Huemann to conduct an internal assessment first.

The goal is to find answers to some of the district's big questions, Huemann said.

The district bought property off Route 31 across from the Shah Center earlier this year for a proposed fifth station, but the board still needs to decide when it should it build.

Huemann will also look into whether a sixth station is needed.

Plans to expand the administrative portion of the district's main station on Elm Street have been on hold for more than a year and a half after bids came in nearly double what was originally estimated.

The board will need to decide what, if anything, will be done with those plans and what to do with other administrative spaces that aren't located in the main administrative area, including the shift commanders' office, which is located on the second floor, and the fire prevention bureau, which is located at the station in the Legend Lakes subdivision.

Huemann has not been given a deadline on when he would need to report back to the board.

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