12 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. the rendering appears to show a shingle roof over the training portion and a flat roof over the bays? Why not a metal roof?

    • David, the building was designed with a flat roof over the apparatus bay for two reasons. First, a lower profile was desired by the building committee, rather than a large peaked truss roof, and secondly a flat roof was more economical for the large span of the apparatus area. The shingled roof was chosen again for two reasons, it was slightly less expensive and the building committee believed the shingles where less industrial and the metal roofing did not reflect the flavor of the surrounding area.

  2. I hope the price comes down, but I voted yes in 07, 08 and I’d vote YES today.

    • Tom, We appreciate the support if you have any ideas on how to spread the word please let us know.

  3. It really comes down to this, if I needed the fire dept., or ambulance to respond to my call for help, I’d want to be assured they had the space and the equipment to operate, and that those things were in good working order. The fire department has laid out a plan in a concise and thoughtful manner. Using the estimated budgeted numbers, this necessary upgrade for the fire dept. will cost me roughly $2,000. over 20 years. I’m embarrassed to admit once I did the math, that I used to spend 1/2 that on coffee at Dunkin Donuts in one year. I vote yes for a state of the art fire station.

    • Rebecca, we appreciate the support and your analogy is a very good way to look at it. Once you get over the initial price shock and relate it to something as simple as coffee it puts the project into perspective.

  4. Sorry but I need to play devils advocate here…

    I’ve seen the numbers provided for how the cost of building the station will effect our tax rates…but what will the actual operating costs of a larger/more modern building do to our taxes? I can’t help but think that a bigger building will require more power, water, heat, maintenance, etc…I’d like to get an estimate on how those costs will effect my taxes in the future. Thanks.

    • Great question Ed I will see what I can do to find the appropriate answer. The current fire station is approximately 6,000 square feet on three levels. Parts of the existing station were once an 1800’s barn moved to the current site from the area of Dawson Street. The insulation in that section is exactly what you would expect in an 1800’s barn. The remainder of the building was been built through various additions and renovations over the past 60+ years. Although the new station is almost twice the size of the existing station I would expect the modern insulation, the single story design, and modern construction practices would help the heating costs remain similar. The current electric system costs an average of $400 per month. The new modern station will have much of the same electrical components as the existing station, however in a modern energy efficient version. I would expect water usage to remain similar. Although the new station will have a couple additional bathrooms and allow us the ability to efficiently wash the apparatus I do not expect water usage to increase significantly. We will look into the energy costs of similarly constructed fire stations and report are finding back to you as soon as possible.

  5. I think it looks great and is way overdue , The website is a great way for the voters to see what they are getting and ask questions. You have my vote. Please leave the snowmobile trail in there somewhere.

    • Joe, thank you for the support. I’m sure we can work something out with the snowmobile trail.

  6. I live in Milton Mills and am very much undecided on this… what is stored at the fire station there, and what would happen to that building if we approve the new station? Also, would the old building on Rt 125 go up for sale, go to the town… has anyone decided that?
    I see Milton has two fire stations, so can’t you make something work between the two? Additionally, what about adding on to either fire station as opposed to building brand new? I don’t want to see two abandanded and neglected buildings in this town should this new station be approved.

    • Meagan, The fire station in Milton Mills was constructed in the early 2000’s. This station replaced an old out date building that served as the fire station in Milton Mills for decades. Currently the station houses 1 Engine and 1 Ladder Truck. If the new station is approved the Engine will remain at that station however the Ladder Truck we move down to the newly constructed station. The Milton area has more volunteers in which to respond with the ladder truck to a greater part of Milton and Milton Mills. Although Milton and Milton Mills is one fire department the distance between each village is far too great for a single fire station. If the station in Milton Mills where to close or vice versa the insurance ratings for the town would increase as well as an increase in response times to each area of town would be noticed. Over the years town officials as well as building committees have looked at adding to the current station in Milton. However, this task has proved impractical and not financially wise.
      The current plan for the old fire station is to market it for sale. Although the building is unfit for a fire station it may have value to the right business or simply be purchased as a commercial piece of land thus offsetting residential property taxes. I hope this answerers your questions and please don’t hesitate to ask further questions.