By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan County leaders gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new $500,000 fire station in Godfrey recently
“It was a great day,” said Morgan County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeff Stone. “It’s a great new addition to community. This is something for the county government to be proud of and something great the community of Godfrey. Everybody is pleased with the construction and building itself. It’s not an eye sore. It’s a good-looking building.”
According to Stone, the construction process took longer than originally anticipated but the project actually came in a little bit under budget.
The new station was built on Godfrey Road. The project was approved back in June when the Morgan County Board of Commissioners voted for a $508,985 construction bid from Sunbelt Builders, Inc. a Covington-based company that submitted the lowest bid for the job.
The BOC passed the bid in a 3-to-1 vote with Commissioner Philip Von Hanstein voting against the bid.
The new station is 3,400 square-feet, replete with three engine bays for fire trucks and a fully finished day room. The county provided in-house the new station’s septic system, well, painting, kitchen cabinets and counters, and concrete.
About 70 people attended the ribbon cutting for the new station.
“That’s a pretty great turnout considering the entire community of Godfrey is about 40,” said Stone.
“I think everyone sees now the need for this station and can be proud with the final outcome.”