Vestal Fire District to hold hearing on station replacement plan

A public hearing is due to take place ahead of this month’s referendum on a $ 7.5 million fire station project in Vestal.

The Vestal Fire Department has drawn up a plan to replace a 70-year-old station with a larger, modern facility nearby.

The new station would be built west of Jensen Road, a short distance from the existing Station 4 on the Vestal Parkway East.

The proposed site has housed an American Legion Hall for several decades. The 3.5 acre parcel was acquired for the fire hall project for $ 607,000 three years ago.

Vestal Fire Department Station 4 entered service in 1952. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

According to Vestal Fire Chief John Paffie, the cost of the project has been built into the ministry’s capital plan, meaning there will be no additional costs to the current or future tax base.

The public information meeting on the proposal will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Station 4 at 3341 Vestal Parkway East.

Paffie said there would be limited seating at the station due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Vestal residents will be able to participate in the session via Zoom. To access the meeting, use the Zoom link by clicking HERE.

The public referendum on the fire station replacement plan will take place on January 25 from noon to 9 p.m. Voting will take place at Station 1 on Main Street North in Vestal.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected].

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