Truro Township is seeking voter approval to replace the current fire station located at 6900 E. Main St. and to rebuild on the same site.

To the Editor:

Truro Township is seeking voter approval to replace the current fire station located at 6900 E. Main St. and to rebuild on the same site.

The building was originally built as a retail store in 1965, then purchased by Truro Township trustees in 1975 and converted into a firehouse.

The firehouse lacks many safety features, such as diesel-removal system, gear locker storage separate from the truck area and a first-aid treatment room. Some of the building systems are in need of repair or replacement; heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, the bay doors and the roof are in need of a complete replacement.

We have maintained the building to the best of our ability, but we feel that continuing to spend money on the building is not cost-effective. Replacing the current firehouse would save money through energy efficiency, better functionality and safer working conditions for employees. It would also provide a designated space for community outreach programs.

If approved, the tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $88 per year. This is a five-year temporary levy, so after five years, the levy would expire and payments would return to their current rates.

Please support the Truro Township Fire Department and vote for Issue 53.

Chief Steve Hein

Truro Township Fire Department