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A Sylvania Township hearing today seeking public input about a decision to construct a new fire station at its existing site in downtown Sylvania turned into a heated discussion about construction costs that involved audience members and the two trustees in attendance.
Trustees Kevin Haddad and John Jennewine talked over each other and traded barbs during the 30-minute meeting attended by about 20 residents and various city and township employees.
The township trustees have all but decided to build Station No. 1 at its existing site at 6633 Monroe St., but took no action on it today. The trustees would have to reverse a resolution passed in March stating the new station would not be built at the current site.
The station is the last of three township fire stations to be replaced as part of a capital campaign that was approved by voters in 2008, with a 1.25-mill general operating levy. Several sites have been considered for the station, but finalizing that location has been continually held up by disagreements over costs and prospective sites.
Joe Vetter, of Toledo-based Vetter Design Group, has been chosen as the architect for the station. At the public hearing, he presented two conceptual drawings to the crowd.