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Beloit Town Board will study fire station options

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ANN MARIE AMES
August 19, 2008
— The Beloit Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to contract with Janesville architects Angus Young to study the feasibility of building a fire station next to the current one at 2445 Afton Road.

The cost of the study will be $8,600, and Town Administrator Bob Museus expects it to be done by this fall. The results will define the size and need for a new building as well as what it would cost if the board decides in the future to build, Museus said.


Supervisor Dave Townsend made the motion that—after some debate—became a motion to approve the contract. That was a bit of a surprise, since Townsend has repeatedly said now is not the time for construction in the township.


But Townsend told The Janesville Gazette this morning that he is in favor of conducting a feasibility study to find out how much a new station on Afton Road would cost. But he might still hesitate to approve construction in the future.


“I’m not certain that the Afton and Newark roads location is the right location,” Townsend said. “Given the economy and what’s going on in Rock County, I’m not sure we’re ready to make that kind of financial commitment.”



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