Monroe VFD raises money for new facility
Members of the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department are doing all they can these days to raise money to pay towards a loan covering the new facility that was constructed late last year.
After spending 78 years in the same location, the department moved into a new facility, coupled with a town office and council hall, on Oct. 10, 2013.
“The first part of January, we will be making our first payment for the new station,” said Cook.
The total loan for the fire facility amounts to $425,000 while the cost of the whole building is $625,000, Cook said. Payment of the loan will be in increments of $24,000 per payment over a 20-year period.
According to Cook, the original Monroe Fire Department was constructed in 1935 and remodeled in 1955. There was further expansion in 1968.
One of the primary fundraisers is brick selling. Two sizes of bricks are available to honor those who have passed or to celebrate the living. The cost of a 4x8 brick is $125 while an 8x8 brick costs $150.
“The Monroe Lions Club is selling bricks and the firemen have forms to fill out,” Cook said. “So far we have sold 30 bricks to raise money for the new station.
“This is a good way to honor the fire department and gives you an opportunity to put your name here,” continued Cook. “We would like to think that firemen from all over the county are part of a fire effort. This gives firemen a chance to get their name in Monroe.”
Cook noted that bricks will be placed around the flag pole, with additional expansion being placed in gardens surrounding the building.
Cook said that the hope is for currently ordered bricks to be here by the end of August and another shipment to arrive in the spring.
As has been the case in times past, Cook said that friends in the Amish community will be assisting with a fundraiser. On Sept. 6, Amish community members will be assisting with a chicken barbecue to assist with funding.
“They are appreciative of our fire department and want to do all that they can to pay towards debt retirement,” said Cook. “The last major purchase that we had was a pumper truck. The Amish community at that time helped generate $45,000 toward payment of that truck.”
Other upcoming fundraisers include a golf scramble in Geneva on Sept. 7 and a pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 27.
“We are thankful for the way the community has supported us over the years and we look forward to continuing that support in the coming years,” said Cook. “Thank you everyone for all of your help.”
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