Fire Protection will remodel

CARY – The Cary Fire Protection District is set to spend more than $200,000 on a station remodel its chief called long overdue.

“What we’re doing is all interior remodeling,” Fire Chief Jeff Macko said. “We moved into this building in 1985 and other than routine maintenance and a little painting we haven’t done any work since.”

During the Fire Protection District Board meeting Feb. 10, trustees accepted a bid for $236,012 from Prinmar Corp. of Chicago. It includes a list of projects to be completed by June 1 at the district’s headquarters on Cary-Algonquin Road.

“We are gutting and remodeling the locker rooms to bring them up to standards, installing newer [plumbing] fixtures, and going a little more green,” Macko said. “We’ll also be adding locker space.”

Steady growth in the department along with the age of the station spurred talks of remodeling about two years ago, the chief said.

“We planned for this; we budgeted for it, and we saved the money for it,” he said. “We are not borrowing any money for it.”

The Cary Fire Protection District covers Cary, Oakwood Hills, Trout Valley, parts of unincorporated McHenry County, and a few miles into Lake County. It employees six full-time staff and has 64 part-time on-call firefighters. When the district moved to the Cary-Algonquin road station, there were about 35 part-time workers, the chief said.

In addition to locker room work, the bid from Prinmar includes reconfiguring office and lobby space, the installation of more energy efficient lighting and new carpeting, Macko said.

As remodeling progresses this spring, the district plans to shift some operations to its satellite station at 2015 Crystal Lake Road, Cary.