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A Big Thing in a Little Township

Lee Township is a small community tucked into Michigan’s southwest corner in the rural area between Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lake Michigan.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the township officially broke ground on a new fire station – though construction work has already begun.  The project was made possible by a $400,000 loan and $50,000 grant from Rural Development funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Total project cost is $1,068,500 with Lee Township contributing $618,500.

Township Supervisor Steve Miller presided at the brief ceremony which included state Rep. Bob Genetski, and remarked that it was the biggest thing to happen in the township.

From left: Township Treasurer Jessie Lowery, Trustee Steve Black, Township Clerk Jackie King, Township Trustee Bruce Ferguson, Township Supervisor Steve Miller, USDA Rural Development Specialist Paul Bristol, Fire Chief Nelvin DeWeerd.

From left: Township Treasurer Jessie Lowery, Trustee Steve Black, Township Clerk Jackie King, Township Trustee Bruce Ferguson, Township Supervisor Steve Miller, USDA Rural Development Specialist Paul Bristol, Fire Chief Nelvin DeWeerd.

It is a big thing:  the fire station will consist of four vehicle bays with offices, bunk rooms and meeting space covering 10,220 square feet.  The office area/living quarters area will include rooms for offices, meeting rooms, storage, bunk rooms, men’s and women’s bathrooms, kitchen, lounge and mechanical room.  The apparatus area will include a radio room, air room, and a decontamination room.

The facility will be served by an on-site private well and septic system and will serve 4,114 rural residents.

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