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Huntley trustees to review fire district expansion plans

A rendering shows a remodeled Huntley Fire Protection District headquarters at 11118 E. Main St.
A rendering shows a remodeled Huntley Fire Protection District headquarters at 11118 E. Main St.

Plans for a new Huntley Fire Protection District station and an 8,700-square-foot expansion and renovations to its administrative building will be discussed at Thursday’s Village Board meeting.

Trustees heard about the expansion plans during a joint meeting with the fire protection district board in November.

The new 10,239-square-foot station would be at the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road, adjacent to the southwest corner. Data from a station location study requested by the district indicate that an additional fire station south of Sun City would have taken on about 600 of the district’s more than 5,000 calls from 2017, fire officials said.

The district’s building at
11118 Main St. serves as its administrative offices and maintenance facility, but by building a 8,700-square-foot addition, it would serve as the new headquarters.

Should this occur, the district’s existing Station 1 and headquarters at 11808 Coral St. would be vacated and sold upon completion of the Main Street remodeling.

Huntley Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said Station 1’s proximity to the village’s downtown area can make it difficult for crews to promptly respond to emergencies.

The addition would include offices on the first floor, living quarters on the second floor and training facilities in the basement.

Huntley Deputy Fire Chief Al Schlick said frugal budgeting in the past 10 years will allow both projects to move forward without the need for a tax-based funding mechanism.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 10987 Main St.

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