LaSalle Residents Review Plans For New Satellite Fire Station

LaSalle residents living near the proposed site of a new fire station are divided.

On Wednesday, the town held a public open house to go over the plans for the proposed satellite site at John Dupuis Park on Hazel St.

Some residents in attendance were in favour of the project while other were opposed.

The project would include an unmanned station that will only be used when the town's volunteer firefighters receive a call plus attached community room to the station and a redesigned park.

Christine Simpkins has lived across the street of the proposed site for 30 years. She says she's not a fan of the project at the proposed site.

"We're scared for the safety of the children that play," says Simpkins. "The park is very well attended.  We're lucky to have a park finally after all the years.  I've lived their for 30 plus years and never had a park there."

Carolyn Holley-Lord says moved to the area a few years ago and thinks it makes sense to have the fire hall at the proposed site.

"I think it's a logical situation where LaSalle is growing so quickly and the volume just makes sense that we need more coverage in more areas," says Holley-Lord.

The project's budget is approximately $1.5-million. The matter is expected to go to council in July. If approved, construction could begin before the end of the year.