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Sagamore Hills -- About 100 people turned out Oct. 8 for the dedication and open house at the Macedonia Fire Department -- Sagamore Hills Division #2220 station in Sagamore Hills Township Park, just across Valley View Road from township hall and the police station.
The Township Board of Trustees opened the events, with Trustees John Zacardelli and Paul Schweikert introducing visiting officials, including Macedonia City Council President Nick Molnar and Councilors Kevin Bilkie and Jan Tulley.
Molnar said he is impressed with how the facility turned out.
"I've got to say this is my first time here and I'm blown away. The job that's been done here is just amazing. We should all be very proud of this," he said, adding he wants the communities to work together "as a family."
"We'll work hard to keep everybody happy," he said.
The 3,200-square-foot building includes a command office, a kitchen area, two bathrooms, a shower room, and sleeping quarters for up to four firefighters. It is staffed 24-7 by two firefighters from the Macedonia Fire Department under a five-year contract between the city and township that will cost the township $750,000 in 2017. Firefighters began responding to emergency calls from the facility last month.
The building, along with an engine and ambulance, are owned and maintained by the township.
Conversion of the service building cost the township $156,000, Schweikert told the News Leader.
A lot of the work in upgrading the building was performed by volunteers, many of whom Trustee David DePasquale recognized in his address.
"I want to welcome the Macedonia firefighters to the Sagamore Hills family," DePasquale said. "This whole thing has been a total group effort, teamwork. We wouldn't have got it done without the teamwork of everyone involved."
He credited Macedonia firefighters, township service workers and officials, among others, for their volunteer work on the project.
Dipole Builders Inc., owned by DePasquale, has also donated dozens of hours on the project.
In addition to serving as a fire department substation, the newly renovated building has extra insulation and other features that makes it possible to serve as a shelter for up to 200 people in times of emergency. Trustees say it could also be used as a community center, should its use as a fire department substation be no longer needed at some future date.
The majority of the money for the renovation is coming from the township's general fund.
The building formerly housed park equipment such as mowers, which have been moved to the road department building next to the new fire substation.
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433