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      New fire hall ready for construction

      The Chocolay Township Fire Hall will soon see some major changes.

      The Fire Department is constructing a new fire hall to replace the current one. Last weekend the contractors started prep work, which included tearing out trees. The current fire hall was built in the 70s.

      It no longer has the space to cater to the 30 volunteer firefighters and their large vehicles. Construction will start in early April. Contractors will start by tearing down a small section of the hall.

      Officials say the new facility will help the entire department perform more efficiently.

      "It will provide a faster response time for us because it will allow our firefighters to get into the building and get dressed quicker and safer, therefore allowing our fire apparatus to get out the door that much quicker, still providing a safe response time and a faster response time," said Assistant Fire Chief Lee Gould.

      The nearly $2 million project is expected to be completely finished by November 15. The fire hall millage proposal was included on the November 2012 ballot, where it passed 808 to 696.