Citizens surveyed on firehouse plans

There are 10 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Aug 24, 2011, titled Citizens surveyed on firehouse plans. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

A recent survey shows that Grove City residents have little knowledge of plans to build a fourth fire station and are apprehensive about paying for one.

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taxpayer

Grove City, OH

#1 Aug 24, 2011
A firehouse built at Holton and Buckeye Parkway makes sense. What doesn't make sense is the 3 million price tag attached to the plans that were in the Dispatch photo the other day! Other cities are having to cut way back on police and fire employees. Why do we need a 3 million dollar firehouse that we won't have money to operate? Let's build an $800 thousand firehouse and staff it with trained people and new equipment!
Hey Tax payer

Grove City, OH

#2 Aug 24, 2011
Great idea. How do we do this though? Are you aware of how much it costs to build a fire station? This is not a wood frame residential dwelling. There are many required costs for constructing this station that are not even considered by the general public. For example, do you know that approximately 75,000 yes you heard me correctly 75,000 was spent to have the historical society come in and see if there are any Indian artifacts on this property? This is required by state law. Do you know how much it costs to obtain a water tap to get city water and sewer? I believe it is in the area of $25000 dollars. When you start adding things like sprinklers, alarms, landscaping to match the surrounding neighborhoods, ventilation systems for the diesel exaust, radio systems, etc, the costs escalate rather quickly. It would be fantastic if it could be built for 800,000, but this is just not possible. Actually, the information you stated about other cities having to cut back on police and fire employees are few and far in between. When you look at the cities doing this, those that come to mind include Mansfield, Cleveland and Lancaster, what is the common theme with these cities? They are using their popluation. What separates us from these communities is that Grove City is the second fastest growing community in the central Ohio area. If Grove City was experiencing the financial struggles as other cities would they be building a Kohls, a Hobby Lobby, a giant movie theater? All of these occupancies require the use of discretionary income. While there are those who have been hit hard by the poor economy, it appears as though most of Grove City has been fortunate to have been spared by these economic hard times. If this was not the case then we would not see all the development we have in this city. The fact that the Jackson Township fire department has not asked for an increase in tax funding for over 21 years shows that they are doing everything to spend the tax payers dollars.

I hope this information helps to clear up any misunderstandings.
Allyson

Dublin, OH

#3 Aug 24, 2011
For people who live in this area when the fire station is planned, what's your life worth? Isn't the small cost of a fully-staffed fire station within minute of your home work it? It is if it's your heart attack, your car accident, your kid or parent, your home on fire, you want emergency response - not come whenever you can get there response. duH Come on, these people have operated for 20 years without asking for any additional levy monies. All people in Grove City and the township benefit from this. Why should people on the eastern side of the township get any less service from the FD?

I think it's pretty cool that they applied for a grant and actually got it- than means they're thinking about ways to get this think to cost them less and cost us less. Makes a lot of sense to me.
taxpayer

Grove City, OH

#4 Aug 25, 2011
You make it sound as if a 3 million dollar building will make a difference in saving a life. I would rather spend less on the building and more on the firemen themselves and buy new equipment. Many cities are having troubles, we are fortunate that GC is in pretty good shape. Let's keep it that way. Spend less on the building!!
Sandi

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 25, 2011
My question is: Do we need it? Are we responding in a ample way?

Since: Sep 09

Grove City, OH

#6 Aug 25, 2011
First, this is NOT at the corner of Buckeye Parkway and Holton. It's 100 yards north on Buckeye Parkway sitting directly across from a residential neighborhood. Second, this is also for a police substation. No one will save anything on their insurance so no need to throw that out. How about putting the station on 104 and Pinnacle Drive facing 104. I applaud JT for not asking for a levy in the past.
NOOH

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 26, 2011
There is 3 firestations already ....
Hey Nooh

Grove City, OH

#8 Aug 26, 2011
NOOH wrote:
There is 3 firestations already ....
You are correct, there are three fire stations already, however, these three fire stations were built when the population of Grove City was around twenty-five thousand people. Since that time, there has been a population growth of about eighteen thousand people. Many of these residents are located in the area that the new fire station would service. Also, when these stations were built you did not have the development that we now have in Scioto Meadows, the Pinnacle, Creek side, Donovan's Bluff, Stringtown Rd, and the list goes on. The response time for example to Scioto Meadows is about eight minutes with the closet station being the one located on 665. This is way too long when you or a loved one is not breathing or your house has is on fire. After about four minutes your brain starts having irreversible damage and your chances of survival decrease greatly. This station is not a luxury, it is not a waste of tax payers money, it is simply being built to provide the level of service that the citizens of Grove City deserve.

The other complaint that is being made is that the new station is not being constructed on State Rout 104. There is one big issue with a station that would be constructed there. You are going to have emergency vehicles pulling out onto a highway where traffic is commonly traveling at sixty to sixty-five miles an hour. The complaint about a fire house not belonging in a residential neighborhood is ridiculous. Does it make sense to anyone that emergency equipment will not be traveling through the Pinnacle and Creekside area? Fire equipment will be traveling through this area regardless of where it is built. Whether they leave from the current property owned by the Fire Department or from a station on 104, people are going to see and hear this equipment.
Holton Rd Resident

United States

#9 Sep 1, 2011
This is a tough one. I can see the point of the folks who live right across Buckeye Pkwy from the proposed firehouse. If I was them, I wouldn't be thrilled either. But here, we are only talking about a dozen homes. This site will serve thousands of people, so I can see the point of the Township. It is a very good centralized location. Actually, the firehouse should have been build as part of Pinnacle or Parkway Center, but that is water under the bridge. I know if I or a loved one is dying, I want my fire dept. to be as close as possible. When I'm trying to sleep and they go by with sirens blaring, I want them to be far away. Like I said, it's a tough one. I feel like there is enough personnel in the JTFD already to man this extra station, if it is built. I do not support, in any way, a tax increase to pay for it!
Resident

Blacklick, OH

#10 Oct 6, 2011
Not sure what Jackson Township was/is thinking. They applied for an emergency federal grant in the amount of 1.2 million for this firehouse. Not sure why they classified this as an emergency as Grove City already has 2 stations. This station will basically ruin any further growth of Grove City in the area, not to mention the quality of daily enjoyment of life for the citizens living in this community. Who wants to live right next to a firehouse? Yes, in an emergency you want a quick response time. It took me 4 minutes to get to the fire station on 665 and I didn't have sirens on top of my car. You've got to be kidding me with this.

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