IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Fire Department has officially moved into its new fire hall on East Borland Road.
Fire Chief Rick Horton said moving the department’s fire trucks and essential equipment from the former downtown location to the new fire hall was completed on Monday evening.
The transition to the new hall had been delayed for months because of firefighters’ concerns about rainwater leaking into the hall from beneath the building’s bay doors.
Efforts were made to remedy the situation by installing new cement. However, water infiltration issues continued.
In recent weeks it became apparent to Imlay City officials and fire department officers that moving into the new $3 million hall had become imminent.
At Thursday’s Nov. 5 city commission meeting, fire officers in attendance conveyed their willingness to compromise and make the physical transition into the new hall.
Fire Chief Rick Horton said there exists a spirit of positivity among firefighters to finally be moving into their new building.
“This building is being paid for by Imlay City residents and it’s become necessary that we make the move,” Horton said.
“I’m personally happy about moving all of our operations into the new building,” he continued. “It had become difficult trying to work out of two separate locations.
“I think all of us realize we needed to get into the new building and we’re looking at this very positively,” Horton said. “This hall has been funded by our residents and it’s time to get settled in our new home.
“We’ve had issues, but we need to put the negative stuff behind us,” he continued. “This is a beautiful new building. I think it’s going to be good for the morale of our firefighters and for recruiting new firefighters.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony/open house took place at the new hall on June 26.
Not long after, various construction-related issues began to reveal themselves; including a roof leak on the northwest side of the building and the aforementioned rainwater infiltration.
Imlay City voters approved a bond proposal in 2018 to fund the new hall’s construction.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.