FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - In August, Franklin Township voters rejected a ballot request to fund the construction of a community center, but Tuesday, a bond proposal to construct a new fire hall was approved.
By a vote of 342 to 281, voters approved borrowing no more than $700,000 to construct a new fire hall on Sunshine Road just off U.S. 41. It will replace the current fire halls for the Quincy-Franklin-Hancock Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Boston Volunteer Fire Department.
Franklin Township Supervisor Glenn Ekdahl said he's pleased with the results of the election, but he did have some concern.
"The voters have come through for us," he said. "I really didn't know how it would go."
Ekdahl said a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan can now be applied for. The bonds will be paid for with a 1.378 mill levy in a special assessment district, which includes Precincts 1 and 4 in Franklin Township. On Aug. 13, the Quincy Township Board of Trustees approved being part of the special assessment district, but they didn't vote on the request to get a loan to build the new fire hall. They will get fire protection and the use of the hall for community purposes.
Ekdahl said the Franklin and Quincy boards of trustees will decide what the millage rates should be.
"That's what we will do on a yearly basis," he said.
The tentative plan for the fire hall is for it to be 50 by 80 feet, Ekdahl said, but exactly what materials will be used will be decided in consultation with U.P. Engineers & Architects.
"Now, we have to get into the design," he said. "I want to make sure that we put up a building that will last a long time."
Work won't begin on the building until next construction season, Ekdahl said.
The current Boston and QFH fire halls will be sold to help bring down the debt on the loan for the new fire hall, Ekdahl said.
All six millage renewal requests for fire funds and apparatus as well as the township road fund and water fund were approved by voters, also.