Excerpts from the JournalTopics.com:

Rolling Meadows Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote introduced local leaders Tuesday night to Aurora-based R.C. Wegman Construction Co., selected as project manager for site selection, design, and construction of the city’s two new fire stations.

Franzgrote said the scope of the project includes evaluating firehouse location sites, land acquisition, budget outlines, project schedules and coordination of real estate agents, architects, consultants, engineers, contractors, vendors and more.

Seven firms submitted applications for the project manager role city officials said and four firms were interviewed.

The project is expected to cost about $9,000,000, city officials said, and would entail building two new fire stations probably in new locations. Existing Rolling Meadows firehouses are Station 15 (Fogarty Station), at 3111 Meadow Dr., which serves areas east of Route 53, and Station 16 (Neucranz Station), 2455 S. Plum Grove Rd., serving areas west of Route 53.

Station 15 was built in 1958. At the time, it was a one-story structure with two apparatus bays and a kitchen. It was positioned in a location that represented the center of the fire district’s response area. Due to the city’s growth, it is no longer in the center of the response area. Today, there are several problems with its infrastructure, such as wiring and sinking foundations, making the fire station almost inoperable at times.

Franzgrote has said a new station is needed to meet the increasing demand for service in an expanding city, especially on the south side, and to maintain quick response times.