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Architect offers his opinion on new fire station for Boardman

Published: Thu, September 19, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Architect offers his opinion on new fire station for Boardman

I have read the second arti- cle on the new Boardman fire station; the first dealt with the costs of various solutions. I am obliged to comment.

As an architect and having worked with a local builder/developer for over 30 years I feel qualified to comment. I have directed these same thoughts to various members of the Boardman board of trustees and others in the recent past.

That being if the cost and location are wise and good, then why the delay? My recommendation was to acquire the vacant auto dealership east of the existing fire house on Route 224 and upgrade it to suit. It can be done very easily and be one of the most cost effective options.

My earlier recommendation was met with “the fire chief doesn’t want to be blocked by a train crossing 224.” This is not accurate, as for over 30 years of use on Route 224, I have yet to be blocked. In addition, better communication between the train and fire house could somehow further prevent that.

Last comment with regards to the letter related to the death of the steel industry in the area and the reoccurrence of same with different jobs. The letter writer is right on the money and I concur, as would my deceased father, a union member, but not by choice. He rose to be chief tool and die maker for the design engineers at White Motors without a high school education, but with a drive to succeed.

That supports my contention that there are youth who would rather work with their hands than go to college with borrowed money succumbing to societal pressure that college is it. That’s not necessarily so.

Daniel Victor Bienko, Canfield


1NoBS(2214 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Daniel, let's look at your proposal. And I agree, BTW: Why the delay? The only conclusion is that the Township Trustees don't want it - otherwise it would have been done.

However, you advocate Boardman buying property literally across the street from property they already own. Why wouldn't they just knock down the old road department building, on land they already own, and build a new station there. That's a savings of over a million dollars, against buying more property, and property which contains a completely unsuitable building that would have to be demolished and hauled away. The building is old, with many roof leaks, has a completely unsuitable floor plan, the floors were never designed to support vehicles weighing 35 or 40 tons, and there are 'environmental issues' that would need to be addressed.

And against your statement that you've personally never been held up by a train on 224 in Boardman, I have to observe that trains do operate on that line, and can make several crossings of 224 every day.

Please explain how "better communication between the train and the firehouse" would be accomplished. And how knowing when the train is due would have any effect on the timing of an emergency call. They happen when they happen, whether the train is coming or not.

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