Purchased land could be home to new Liberty Twp. fire station

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A new fire station may be coming to Liberty Township.

Trustees approved have the purchase of land that could serve as a home for a fourth station in the township's northeast quadrant.

"We want to make sure we're providing the right amount of services that our residents need," said Trustee President Christine Matacic.

According to township data, the northeast quadrant is showing a growing need for a fire station. 2013 saw more fire and EMS runs than any other year going back to 2010.

The three acres of purchased property is located on Cincinnati-Dayton Road between Millikin and Kyles Station.

"This particular area is pretty much dead center as to where we need to be," said Matacic.

Late night runs in that area have some nearby neighbors a bit concerned.

"We all enjoy our sleep right," said Glen Greer.

Some residents have met with township officials to talk about ways to make this work.

"My concern is during the night and is it going to wake us up. We may eventually get used to it but it's probably going to take some adjustment," said Rob Johnson.

Greer says sure he enjoys the peace and quiet, but the safety factor clearly outweighs the excess noise.

"Especially when you have kids out playing in the street all the time, you never know what's going to happen," said Greer.

"To have that close during the day is going to be awesome," said Johnson.

Trustee president Christine Matacic says they'll need to hire more staff for a fourth station. This process is all about planning for a growing population.

"We don't want to start a project before it's really necessary but we also want to take a look at how soon we need it to make sure we don't start it too late," said Matacic.

Right now the fire departments are funded by two separate levies. Funding is still a question for a fourth station.

Township trustees anticipate it'll take two to five years before they get a fourth fire station.

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