BAZETTA, Ohio (WYTV) – After a year of talks, Trumbull County Commissioners and the city of Warren have reached a water agreement with the city of Warren.
The agreement will provide temporary water service to the township so that they can build a new fire station in the future.
Since 2009, Bazetta Township has been looking to build a new centrally-located fire station. But thanks to an agreement between the Trumbull County Commissioners and the city of Warren, a big hurdle has been cleared.
“It would allow a water line to be extended under elm road to service a proposed Bazetta Township fire station,” Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Rex Fee said. “It also allows the city of warren to bill that as a customer.”If and when a new 16-inch water line is extended down Elm Road, the fire house would then return to the county as a water customer.
“Finally, we are getting the ball rolling, we are moving to the next step after this phase goes in,” Fee said.
“Right where we are going to build it is right in the center of the township,” Bazetta Township Trustee Paul Hovis said. “We don’t have the staff. Right now we are staffing two stations, which we cant afford to do to keep them up to full capacity.”
Trustees are looking at building a new fire station for a million dollars. The cost to renovate this and the other fire station would cost about $700,000.
Besides the fire station, officials believes the water lines will help bring more businesses to Bazetta.
“Every avenue that we can take to get water and sewer here is just going to keep our business growth going,” Hovis said.
Hovis says if all goes according to plans, they could break ground on the new firehouse before winter of 2016.