A public hearing is to be held ahead of this month's referendum on a $7.5 million fire station project in Vestal.

The Vestal fire department has been developing a plan to replace a 70-year-old station with a larger, modern facility nearby.

The new station would be built west of Jensen Road, a short distance from the existing Station 4 on the Vestal Parkway East.

The proposed site has been home to an American Legion hall for several decades. The 3-and-a-half acre parcel was acquired for the fire station project for $607,000 three years ago.

The Vestal Fire Department's Station 4 went into operation in 1952. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The Vestal Fire Department's Station 4 went into operation in 1952. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

According to Vestal fire chief John Paffie, the cost of the project has been built into the department's capital plan, meaning there will be no additional cost to the current or future tax base.

The public information meeting on the proposal will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Station 4 at 3341 Vestal Parkway East.

Paffie said there will be limited seating at the station due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Vestal residents will be able to participate in the session via Zoom. To access the meeting, use the Zoom link by clicking HERE.

The public referendum on the fire station replacement plan will be held January 25 from noon to 9 p.m. Voting will take place at Station 1 on North Main Street in Vestal.

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