GREENVILLE (WLUK)-- The Town of Greenville will soon be getting a new fire station. Voters Tuesday night said "yes," to a referendum for the estimated $6.5 million project.
Town officials say the new structure fills a big need, and city officials can’t wait.
"We're just very thankful and appreciative of the voters, and their commitment to the community and helping us deliver the services that they have come to expect," said Greenville town administrator Joel Gregozeski.
Greenville voters approved the multi-million-dollar referendum in Tuesday's primary election.
In a survey, area leaders asked residents for feedback. The results showed voters wanted to improve the town's fire and EMS department.
Officials say the department has outgrown its existing space.
The new facility will be big enough to decontaminate equipment, and house all the emergency vehicles under one roof. Right now, many pieces of equipment are being stored in the town's public works building
"The new station will allow us to have all of our equipment in one location, all in a readily accessible position,” Gregozeski said. “So, regardless of the incident type, our responders are able to get into the station, get the equipment that they need and get out the door that much quicker."
The referendum passed with 58 percent of the vote.
The facility will be located just kiddy-corner of the existing station, on state highway 76. That building will then be used by the public works and parks departments.
Town officials hope to bid the project out for construction by the beginning of 2019. If all goes as planned, they expect the new fire station to be completed in early 2020.