Plymouth Breaks Ground on New Fire Station at City Hall
Officials from both Plymouth and Northville gathered at Plymouth City Hall on Thursday evening for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Along with the hottest temperatures of the year to date, Thursday also brought with it the groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire station at Plymouth City Hall.
The new and updated station is part of Plymouth's contract for fire services with the City of Northville.
The construction will begin fairly soon and is set to be completed on or before Nov. 1, according to Paul Sincock, Plymouth city manager.
"This is not only going to be something that we hope is going to work out fiscally, etcetera, but right down to brass tacks, I think it's going to be a fabulous relationship," Ed Hingelberg, Plymouth city commissioner said.
Hingelberg also is the chairman of the newly formed Northville-Plymouth Fire Advisory Board.
A couple dozen people attended the groundbreaking ceremony including city commissioners from both Plymouth and Northville, Chris Johnson, City of Northville mayor; Jim Allen, City of Northville Fire Chief, members of the Northville Fire Department and State Rep. Kurt Heise.
Hingelberg told Heise that he felt this partnership between Plymouth and Northville was an example of Gov. Rick Snyder's 'Best Practices' model.
"When you hear the nay-sayers going 'uh oh,' do you realize that this model works in approximately part of 80 percent of our entire country?" Hingelberg asked. "And somehow our country manages to stand on its feet and proceed very well. I just think we have a good thing going here and we're very excited about it."
Construction will extend the area next to City Hall's side entrance out to the wall of the current garage. That area will become the new police station. In addition, a similar extension will be made around the back for the new fire station.
"It's great to work with a group of elected officials who really appreciate partnerships and look at the opportunity to help our neighbors," Patrick Sullivan, Northville city manager said. "That's really what small town life is all about - is helping out your neighbors. And this is just an extension of that for both of us."