Excerpts from the Journal-Topics online:

It was announced at Tuesday’s (Feb. 10) city council meeting that a history and detailed report of the serious debate over what to do with Rolling Meadows’ fire stations, is available online for residents and those planning to attend the  Rolling Meadows Committee of the Whole (COW) on Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. at city hall, 3600 Kirchoff Rd.

The history of this long-debated issue, in a series of simplified documents put together by Rolling Meadows Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote, is available online at www.ci.rolling-meadows.il.us.

What to do about the decades-old Thomas Fogarty Fire Station 15 at 3111 Meadow Dr., which is sinking and in need of repair, will be discussed. Discussion is expected to center on whether or not to tear down and rebuild Station 15 and/or build a new third fire station on city-owned land at 2301 Algonquin Rd. or at another location.

The city’s other fire station is the more modern Neuckranz Fire Station on Plum Grove Road.

The debate not only just deals with what to do about Station 15’s crumbling infrastructure, but also how to address increasing emergency response times to a growing city, both in residents and businesses, and how to pay for any changes.

Franzgrote notes city staff has submitted a request for approximately $50,000 through the 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to replace the emergency power generator at Station 15. Last September the generator broke down during a major storm resulting in the station’s garage doors only opening manually for a few weeks while the generator was repaired.