Stillwater Fire District
|Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company|
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The annual fund drive is in full swing. The volunteer members of the fire company appreciate your continued support. If you haven’t sent a donation you can mail it to Arvin Hart Fire Company, PO Bx 288, Stillwater NY 12170 – Thank You!!
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New Fire Station to Be Built, Will not Increase Taxes
The Commissioners of the Stillwater Fire District as well as the Arvin Hart Fire Company Officers have been performing a needs assessment for a replacement fire station #3 at Route 432 in the Town of Stillwater. The team has been working with the Architectural Firm of Balzer & Tuck in Saratoga Springs which has recently designed a new fire station for the Village of Round Lake and an addition to the Malta Ridge Fire Station. The Stillwater Fire District/Arvin Hart Volunteer Fire Company serves the residents in a 42 square mile area and has contiguous boarders with the Town of Stillwater, excluding the Village of Stillwater which maintains its own fire department.
The original metal building was constructed by the Fire District as a sub-station in the early 70’s and was designed and constructed with a 25 year life span. Here we are approximately 44 years later with an aging building that is anything but energy efficient. The defining moment that forced the fire district into action was in the winter of 2017 when the building could not be kept above freezing which forced the members of the fire company to move the fire apparatus out of the building to another of the District’s 3 fire stations. Although the furnace was running continuously the temperature in the building didn’t rise above 32°F the fear was the water in the pump on the fire apparatus would freeze and place the unit out of service for fires.
The planning team has agreed on the spaces within the station which will consist of two full length back-in apparatus bays for the larger trucks and a half-length bay for a pick up or smaller vehicle. Behind the half-length bay is a common area to be used for the staging of firefighters, training, or for public voting if it returns to that station. We made the building a simple 60’X60’ square, which reduces the cost and made sure the common space was separate from the apparatus garage space. The building will include handicap accessible bathrooms, a modest kitchenette with microwave, sink and refrigerator, utility space, a decontamination shower for cancer mitigation and a mezzanine over the common area to be used for a bail out training space. The district is currently getting all the legal work in place to insure that everything will be ready for a spring 2020 ground breaking. While bidding will not take place until October of this year a rough cost estimate is $1.7 million. All Fire Districts in the State are required to follow bidding regulations promulgated by the Office of the State Comptroller and are also required to pay prevailing wage rates for any construction projects. We would hope to have the building fully enclosed by the fall of 2020.
The fire district went to the public in 2005 for approval to raise fire district taxes to pay for Station 1 on Campbell road and will not be looking for a tax increase to construct this station. We anticipate the debt to be retired in 2020 for station 1 and will secure bond anticipation notes to pay for the replacement for station 3. The district built a new station #2 on George Thompson road in 1996 which is also paid for, and took possession of station #4 in the Riverside section of town which is also debt free.
The first question that is always asked is; will the fire district need to increase the taxes for fire protection as a result of the replacement of station #3, the answer is no. The fire district will hold a public hearing and review the project on Wednesday September 18th at 7PM at Station #3 on State Route 423 in the Town of Stillwater. On October 8th there will be a public referendum (vote) to permit the fire district to obtain bonding in the amount of $1.7m to finance the building of the station. We anticipate that the bond rates will remain low through the end of the year which will reduce the interest costs to finance the station.
NOTICE: Plan Reviews by the Fire Company
Note: All plans to be reviewed by the Fire Company for structures or sub-divisions should be hard copies and mailed to AHFD Chief, PO BOX 28, Stillwater, NY 12170
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Regularly Scheduled Events:
Training -- Wednesday Nights beginning at 6:30 P.M. and Saturdays beginning at 8:00 A.M. with breakfast beginning at 7:30AM
Company Meetings -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting -- 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
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