STAUNTON -- Although they're a little behind schedule, all things seem to be going well with the new Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department (PTVFD) firehouse.
PTVFD Fire Chief Larry Tempel recently told The Brazil Times he believes the new firehouse will be operational by the first of February 2012.
"We're progressing along," Tempel said. "I guess we're a little behind schedule. It was supposed to be substantially completed by Jan. 31. I would say we're three weeks behind schedule."
Tempel said due to inclement weather, construction of the walls took longer than what was believed.
The Crescent Building Group, Plainfield, is in charge of constructing the new building, which is located next to the old firehouse.
"A lot of (the construction) depends on the weather at this point," Tempel said. "They have about two days left to finish putting up the steel, and the bricklayers have about three or four days.
"The roofing material is all ready to go once the steel gets finished. It just depends on how many rain days and bad weather days we have in there."
The department was awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2009. It was one of four fire departments in Indiana to receive grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The remaining Indiana departments receiving grant money included the new Whiteland Fire Department, the Valparaiso Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue of Harrison Township in Martinsville. Posey Township received the most grant money of any of the fire departments awarded in the state.
Former Staunton resident Matt Reed got the ball rolling with the department's grant proposal. The proposal was eventually finished with help from West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell.
In order to receive the grant money, departments nationwide were judged on firefighting safety, response times and the ability to go green.
Tempel said the department outgrew its current station, located at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton, providing the reason to attempt to obtain the grant money for a new station.
The original building was constructed in 1911 and housed a church.
The new station will incorporate "green" elements, which was required in the grant the department received.
It will include natural cross ventilation, geothermal heating/cooling, a "green" roof, radiant floors and LED or CFL lighting.
"It's moving along," Tempel said. "We're starting to get an idea of what it will look like. It's moving along OK."
Tempel added the department would use the old facility for storage and training.