Fire department purchases building
KEOSAUQUA – The Keosauqua Fire Department finalized a purchase agreement last week with Mike McClure for a building on the north edge of Keosauqua at 20644 Highway 1. The building formerly housed the Dollar Store.
The fire department will move the fire station to that location, according to Fire Chief Noel Harlan. The current fire station is downtown next to the senior center.
“We’re out of space where we are now,” Harlan said. “The new building is twice as big.”
Doug Chapuis told the Keosauqua City Council at its regular meeting Feb. 14 that the new building is 75 feet by 85 feet and the current building is 45 by 80.
The new location is out of the flood zone, Harlan noted.
Harlan said the current fire station, built in the 1980s, had three feet of water in it from the 1993 flood. In 2008, floodwaters were right at the front door, he added.
The city owns the current fire station, Harlan said, and the fire department will own the new station.
The department will need to put in three overhead doors and a floor drain, Harlan added.
The council voted to put in a new water main for the building at a cost of $13,622.
Mayor Nasseem Hesler presented the council with information regarding moving city hall to the Twombly building and helping the Historical Society with a building at the Pearson House. Estimates and further information will be gathered.