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Construction to begin on $3 million expansion of Contoocook fire station

By mid-July, work will begin on a $3 million expansion to the Contoocook Village fire station that Hopkinton voters approved at this year’s town meeting.

The initial construction was originally scheduled to begin by this weekend, but was slightly delayed because it took longer than expected to finalize the engineering drawings, said Town Administrator Neal Cass.

Construction will begin July 14, when workers put in pilings for the foundation. By August, the concrete work should start. About that time, the town will likely host a ground-breaking ceremony, Cass said. The building should be completed by the next town meeting, and construction will continue through the fall.

As a result, the town is considering moving EMS operations from the Contoocook Village station to the Hopkinton fire station at 110 Main St. between September and March. During that time, the full-time crew and primary ambulance will be based at the Hopkinton station. Fire operations will still continue from the Contoocook Village station. The board of selectmen still has to vote to approve that change.

The project is on budget at $2.995 million, Cass said. At a meeting Monday night, the selectmen authorized a loan for it.

In all, the expansion will nearly triple the size of the existing Contoocook station from 5,600 square feet to 16,500. It will add a second floor to the building that will provide more space for training and an additional bay to store equipment.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or amorris@cmonitor.com.)

I hope the Town takes into consideration the Town's Fire Chief who died of a heart attack and their police Chief disabled by a gunshot wound when naming this facility. These men deserve to be honored by their Town, by their State and by their Country. Sadly with time they become mostly forgotten.

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