CHATHAM TWP. — A single bond issue that would pay for the construction of a new Chatham Township safety services building and fire station is the subject of special election Tuesday.
The 2.7-mill tax issue would cost property owners $100 per $100,000 of tax valuation each year and aim to raise $2.8 million over a 25- to 29-year period.
Township Trustee Denise Gumbita previously said officials chose to put the issue before voters in August to stay in line with a prospective construction schedule that could begin as soon as October.
If the issue passes, officials expect the new station to be up and running by next summer.
The township would sell the property that houses the existing station at 6429 Kohli Drive, which is more than 60 years old, and build the new structure on Avon Lake Road next to the township garage.
The station would be 12,500 square feet and provide new amenities to the department’s 29 volunteer firefighters including on-site showers, bunking quarters, office space, areas to safely clean equipment, air conditioning and at least one extra bay that could be used for additional vehicles or for training activities.