Toyota Indiana backs Birdseye VFD

From Local Sources

PRINCETON — Toyota Indiana has given monetary support to the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department’s quest to gain a modern station to call home.

Brett Stout, the fire department’s treasurer, says the fire department recently received a Toyota Indiana grant in the amount of $3,500. It will be used to cover the local match for a $20,000 planning grant the Town of Birdseye and its fire department received earlier this year from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a feasibility study that will examine multiple fire station sites and provide a preliminary fire station design.

Fire Chief David “Smitty” Smith has explained at public hearings leading up to the OCRA grant that the current fire station at 9 W. First St. — next to the town’s railroad tracks — dates to the 1960s. It was remodeled in 1990 but the department has outgrown it and it is showing its age and limitations.

Universal Design Associates of Ferdinand is working on a study looking at options. The town and fire department has until Dec. 31 to submit a draft of the findings to OCRA for review. A final approval of the study by the town and the fire department will be needed by Feb. 28, 2019.



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