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rendering of new fire station for Rolling Meadows

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Rolling Meadows officials unveiled renderings of the city’s two new fire stations along with a $13 million budget estimate, $4 million more than estimates developed at least five years ago, for how much the relocation plan will cost.

The price of acquiring land for the two stations was more than predicted, along with the expected cost of stormwater detention. Another higher expense is for a vehicle exhaust system that will be installed in the stations. The city plans to pay for the project by issuing general obligation bonds. Preliminary plans discussed Tuesday involve borrowing $13 million for the fire stations and another $2 million to $7 million for roads and utilities citywide.

Under one scenario, the city could do a $10 million bond issue this year, and another $5 million to $10 million issue next year. The city has hiked its property tax levy 4.8 percent in each of the last two years — mainly to fund police and fire pensions and roads, and another levy increase is probable.

The city is planning to build the new firehouses to replace the two existing stations, with a goal of improving response times and reducing fire risk throughout town. Station 15, at 3111 Meadow Drive, was built in 1958, and Station 16, at 2455 S. Plum Grove Road, was built in 1980. The site plans for both stations is similar.

Last month, crews completed demolition of a restaurant at 3201 Algonquin Road, where construction is set to begin in August on the new 12,700-square-foot Station 15. The city is now closing on property at 2320-2350 Hicks Road for the new 12,900-square-foot Station 16, for which construction would start 6-8 weeks after work begins on Station 15. The Hicks Road site has yet to be cleared of two buildings.

Officials expect to go out to bid in the next month. Construction of the stations could take 18 months.

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Area apparatus orders

  • Carol Stream Fire Protection District; Alexis pumper with a Spartan Gladiator cab and chassis 1,500/750. Delivery in November.
  • Elk Grove Village Fire Department; Pierce Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant aerial ladder quint 2,000/500/30. Delivery inDecember.
  • Pleasantview Fire Protection District; Pierce Impel 107-foot Ascendant aerial ladder quint 1,500/500-gallon. Delivery in November.
  • Rolling Meadows; Pierce Velocity 107-foot Ascendant aerial ladder quint 1,500-gpm pump. Delivery in November.

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news (more)

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The Rolling Meadows woman who sustained critical injuries in a house fire early Friday succumbed to those injuries and died on Monday.

The medical examiner’s office determined Karen Ann Braschko, 80, had died from burns sustained in the house fire. The fire was believed to be caused by a careless use of smoking materials.

Emergency crews Police and firefighters were dispatched to the house at 4:44 a.m. Friday after a 911 operator got a call from a woman coughing, before the phone disconnected. The woman and her 45-year-old son were in the front yard when firefighters arrived. With obvious burns to her body, she was rushed to the hospital. Her son was treated and released.

The fire department doesn’t know how the fire started specifically, but the investigation into the fatal fire is closed.

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

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At about 4:45 a.m. on Friday, Rolling Meadows firefighters responded to a house in the 3700-block of Meadow Drive to find flames coming from the front windows. A woman coughing called 911, but was then disconnected. A neighbor then called to report the fire.

A dog died and an elderly woman was injured. The 90-year-old woman was transported in critical condition to Lutheran General Hospital, and then transferred to Loyola Medical Center Maywood. Her 45-year-old son also lived in the house and was not injured.

Both the woman and son were in the front yard when firefighters arrived. The woman had burns on her body.

The cause of the fire was immediately not known.

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

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A contractor working on the flat roof of Rolling Meadows Fire Station 16, 2455 Plum Grove Road, was doing work with an open flame about 12:50 p.m. that ignited rubberized roofing material and caused dark black smoke to billow upward, according to Fire Chief Terry Valentino.

He said the contractor reported the fire to firefighters, who pulled the alarm and evacuated the building. They pulled an engine outside and extended a hose line, extinguishing the fire within a few minutes. No one was hurt.

There is minor smoke and water damage in the living quarters, but it’s being cleaned and fixed, and firefighters are able to stay in the building. One office was temporarily relocated to another part of the fire station.

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fire on roof of fire station

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Fire Department Ice Rescue Training

FD Ice Rescue Training

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

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Terry Valentino has been officially sworn in as Rolling Meadows’ new fire chief.

Valentino, who was hired as deputy chief in 2014, spent 33 years with the Arlington Heights Fire Department and about two years in Schaumburg. He replaces Scott Franzgrote, who retired Sept. 29 after 27 years with the department.

At this week’s city council meeting, the mayor swore in Valentino and other recently promoted fire department personnel, including Deputy Chief Jeff Moxley, Battalion Chief Evan Dolinsky, and Lieutenant Dan Kusek.

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New squad for Rolling Meadows (more)

More information on the new squad for Rolling Meadows


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Maintainer Custom Bodies
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Ford F550 Supercab 4×4 chassis
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6.7L Ford Power Stroke diesel 330 HP
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• 12′ Responder rescue body • All-aluminum construction • Roll out & adjustable trays • Telescoping scene lights
Rolling Meadows FD Squad 15

New unit for Rolling Meadows Squad 15. from Fire Apparatus Magazine

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Rolling Meadows discusses rebuilding fire stations (more)

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Rolling Meadows could purchase property less than a mile from its existing fire station on Plum Grove Road for the second of two proposed fire stations.

The city plans to offer $800,000 for 42,246 square feet of land at 2320 and 2350 Hicks Road, just west of Route 53 and north of Kirchoff Road. On Tuesday, the city council voted 4-3 in a first reading vote to authorize the purchase. A final, second reading vote is scheduled for Oct. 24.

The land deal would be the second piece to the fire department’s controversial $9 million plan to relocate both city firehouses, aimed at improving response times and reducing fire risk throughout town.

Last month, the council voted 4-2 to buy land for $1.3 million at 3201 Algonquin Road on the south side of town. The 77,195-square-foot site is where a new station would be built to replace the aging downtown Station 15 at 3111 Meadow Drive. While Station 15 would move south, Station 16 at 2455 S. Plum Grove Road would move slightly east.

The plan has rankled residents and aldermen that would lose a fire station close to them.

As architectural drawings are still being completed, the earliest construction could begin to replace Station 15 is next spring, with completion 18 months later.

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Rolling Meadows discusses rebuilding fire stations (more)

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Rolling Meadows has identified land on Algonquin Road for one of two proposed city fire stations.

The city council will vote Tuesday night on a purchase and sale contract for a 77,195-square-foot site at 3201 Algonquin Road, where the former Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant has stood vacant for three years.

Aldermen will take a first reading vote to authorize spending $1.3 million for the land, owned by Judicial Drive Property Holdings, LLC. A final, second reading vote is scheduled for Sept. 26.

The council will also vote on an ordinance amending city zoning code to allow fire stations within T-1 and T-2 office zoning districts. The Algonquin Road site is within the T-1 district.

If approved, the land purchase would lead to construction of a new Station 15. It would replace the aging downtown station at 3111 Meadow Drive.

The city’s other firehouse, Station 16 at 2455 S. Plum Grove Road, would be replaced with a new station to the east, as part of the fire department’s relocation plan aimed at improving response times and reducing fire risk throughout town.

Tuesday’s vote is significant, since the city’s elected officials have been debating whether to move and/or build fire stations for more than a decade. Though new Mayor Len Prejna supports replacing only Station 15, the newly-seated council took a 4-2 informal straw vote in June to proceed with plans to replace both stations.

Critics have said the estimated $9 million cost to acquire properties and build two new stations is too much.

Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote said that number — calculated two years ago — is still a target, but inflation may increase the price.

Aldermen have been meeting in closed session since January to consider about a dozen sites for the two new stations, leading to Tuesday’s planned open session vote on the Algonquin Road site. The location is about a half-mile from where the city considered building a third fire station. The council decided to build that station in 2014 but reversed course the next year and decided to remain with two stations but in new locations.

Negotiations, meanwhile, continue to acquire land for the second station.

Franzgrote said it would be ideal to build both stations and have them open at the same time, but the property acquisition process for the second site may not make that possible.

The earliest construction could begin for the new Station 15 is next spring, with completion 18 months later, Franzgrote said.

The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at 3600 Kirchoff Road.

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