New Luther fire station to hold open house Saturday

LUTHER — More than a year after construction started on the new Luther Fire District No. 1 fire station, officials are ready to unveil it to the public.

The public is invited to attend an open house at the new station from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The station is located on Old M-63 in between Cherry Street and Linden Street in Luther.

In November, Newkirk Township Supervisor Barb Stenger and Ellsworth Township Supervisor Bob Long spoke to the Lake County Star about the project.

Ground broke on the project in January 2012, and it was expected to be operational by July 2012. However, the two township officials were notified in the fall that the contractor had abandoned the project. At the time, Long speculated the project was more than the contractor to handle.

The surety company then took charge of the project and got it back on track.

In November, Long described the station as a 7,820-square-foot building that would include a seven-bay garage to house the district’s five emergency vehicles. The $603,014 station also would include an office, locker rooms, mechanical room, training/community room, kitchen, storage space, laundry room and two shower stalls. The station also can be used as a shelter in case of emergencies.

The new station replaces the former 40-year-old station which had rotting support pillars. Repairing the structure would cost about three-quarters of what the new station cost, Long said at the time. Building a new, modern station made more sense economically than repairing the outdated one.

Luther Fire District No. 1 services the two townships, the Village of Luther and participates in mutual aid with other local fire departments. As of November, the district included the fire chief and 17 firefighters, which included seven medical first responders and two emergency medical technicians. The district also is licensed as a M.F.R. department.