by Karen Mead-Elford, staff writer

Building Inspector Bob Delaney (right) standing in his new office, along with Trustee Gary Schultz. (Independent Photos/Karen Mead-Elford)

After considerable planning and hard work, the Owosso Charter Township’s new hall and fire hall is complete. To celebrate and also as a gesture of gratitude to the taxpayers, an open house was held at the S. Delaney Rd. facility, about a quarter mile south of M-21. The public was invited to attend from noon to 3 p.m. last Saturday, May 7.

The first concrete for the foundation of the new building that is just across from Georgia Pacific, was poured July 2015. The structure encompasses a basement that is 37- by 57-foot and about 10 feet deep. The general contractor for the project was Timberland Development. White Poured Walls handled the concrete.The overall structure is around 13,000 square feet and includes modern, spacious offices and four bays for the Owosso Charter Township Fire Department.

The previous township hall and fire hall were located on W. M-21 near Five Points. The sale for the M-21 property was announced last fall by Township Supervisor Danny Miller.

Owosso Charter Township Fire Department provides fire and emergency services to Owosso, Rush, New Haven, and the northern portion of Bennington Township. About 25 firefighters currently dedicate their services to the two-station department. Station One is the new Delaney Rd. building. Station Two is on N. M-52. The roster includes Chief David Johnson and Captains Richard Gute, Mike Ardelean, Mark Mitchell, and Brian Springsdorf. The members of this department are also actively involved in community and educational events such as Cub Scout Day at DeVries Nature Conservancy, Shop with a Hero in December, Tim Horton Roof Sit, the Shiawassee County Fair, and more. The department was established in 1968.

Hot dogs, beverages, and free, fire truck rides were offered during the Saturday open house. Coloring pages, crayons and plastic fire hats were given out to children attending the event.

Building Inspector and Zoning Administrator, Bob Delaney, welcomed people, and expressed his enthusiasm for the building. “Here is where the taxpayers money went and we truly want these people to feel welcome here and to be able to put a face to a name.” He also explained that the Delaney Rd. location is ideal since the road is almost always kept open throughout every season because of the industrial park. Plus, Delaney Rd. is directly between both M-21 and M-52.

Joy Archer, a trustee, was also there to greet guests. She discussed the special, automated exhaust system for the trucks. This new system, which incorporates a magnetic hook-up to all of the emergency vehicles, empties all exhaust fumes from the building, thus preventing damage to the interior of the structure and protecting the staff from breathing the fumes. Ultimately, it will help save tax dollars, a concern for all the members on the township board. Also, the magnetic hook-up on the trucks is an emergency time-saver.

Two Dual Purpose Hose Dryers were installed at each of the two stations. Money was saved through the purchase of these uniquely, refurbished dryers. The steel walls of the large emergency vehicle bay are a design improvement, too. The steel will hold up against moisture and wear far longer than conventional drywall.

Open House at Newly Opened Owosso Charter Township Hall was last modified: May 16th, 2016 by Karen Elford