Normal plans to build three new fire stations

By WEEK Producer

July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- The town of Normal is planning to build three new fire stations over the next decade, replacing existing stations that are in need of repair.

Mayor Chris Koos said fire stations two and three would cost so much to repair that it made more sense to replace them.

The fire department has also out-grown its current headquarters.

The new headquarters will likely be finished in two years.

"We're looking at what we're seeing coming up on the horizon, because we had maintenance issues with the buildings and realistically the need to replace one,” said Mayor Koos. “This is an opportunity to look at the next ten years on what we do with fire services."

City leaders are planning to put the roughly $10 million plan into the budget over the next ten years.

Mayor Koos said the new stations will assist in response time as the town continues to expand.