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Ringwood may get fire station

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:21 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – A 10-acre plot of land in Ringwood may be the site of a future McHenry Township Fire Protection District station.

The district’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of the land, located on the west side of Ringwood Road near the intersection with McCullom Lake Road, for $200,000 at its meeting Thursday evening, Fire Chief Tony Huemann said.

The deal is part of an amended annexation agreement with the village of Ringwood and the bank that owns the foreclosed property, Ringwood Village President Rick Mack said.

The Ringwood Village Board also approved the amended agreement at its meeting Thursday evening.

Under the agreement, the future developer the bank sells the property to is responsible for reaching an agreement with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District to burn or demolish the two abandoned single-family homes on the property.

The 3-acre block of the property next to the section purchased by the fire district will also be donated to the village for a future public works building and salt storage shed, Mack said.

By putting the two facilities next to each other, the two entities may be able to share infrastructure, including a driveway, parking, septic system and water well, Huemann said.

The village currently uses a small building on the Village Hall site to store signage and small equipment. The building inspector’s office also is located there.

The first priority, though, is the salt storage, Mack said. The public works facility would be further down the road.

The village has an agreement with the township for its salt storage, but the township has asked them to find a new location, he said.

The fire protection district does not have a timeline on when the fire station, which would serve Ringwood, McCullom Lake and future growth, would be built, Huemann said.

The fire district’s Board of Trustees is also waiting to see what happens with downtown McHenry construction before deciding when to move ahead with a fifth station on the south side of McHenry off Route 31 on land it purchased last year, he said.

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