Birch Run Fire to hold open house to discuss station ballot question
The Birch Run Fire Department has been serving their community for 75 years and work closely with the Frankenmuth Fire Department on neighboring incidents.
The BR firefighters are looking to build a new fire station in the 12000 block of Dixie Highway, south of Canada Road. The current station is located at 8411 Main Street in the heart of Birch Run Village.
Funding for the new fire station will be on the Tuesday, November 8 general election ballot, BRFD Chief Dave Matzke said.
The firefighters are conducting an open house on Saturday, October 22, from 10am until 3pm at their current station. The open house will allow persons to meet and greet the BRFD personnel and see first-hand the old station and needs for expansion.
In 2014, an ISO rating study was done in Birch Run, along with a mutual aid agreement signed with Frankenmuth. Because of this agreement, residents have seen $20 to $100-plus in savings per year on their insurance, depending on location in Birch Run Township.
The current station was built in 1970, when they had four apparatus; now they house seven vehicles. In 1998, the Birch Run Township offices moved to the former library to help with limited space at the station.
Due to the aging structure, gas and electric services average $800 a month in the winter. The station is also a Red Cross shelter, serving the township in the event of a major tornado or power outage disaster.
“The Birch Run Township Board and Village Council believes that putting this on the ballot would be the best way to build this much needed fire station,” Matzke, a 27-year firefighting veteran, said.
The cost of the proposed fire station is $1.5 million over 10 years at a levy rate of .873 on average. For example, a house that has a taxable value of $65,000 would pay about $57 a year more on their taxes for a decade.
“The new station will ensure that your homeowner’s insurance (IS) rating stays at a minimum,” Matzke added.
“We are asking for your support on building this much needed fire station that will house over $2 million of fire apparatus and equipment for the next 70 years,” Matzke concluded.
Shipshewana On the Road at Birch Run Oct. 29 & 30
Visitors will find many creative ideas for holiday entertaining at the Shipshewana On The Road – Gift, Food and Craft Show, held at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, one block north of the Prime Outlet Mall. The show is sold out which means over 300 booths will be filled with the latest products, all gathered under one roof on Saturday, Oct. 29, 9am-6pm, and Sunday, Oct. 30, 10am-5pm.
Adult admission is $4, children 12 and under are free and parking is also free.
Harvest Fest/Trunk or Treat at St. Martin Oct. 31
St. Martin Lutheran Church, on the corner of Gera and Canada Roads, is hosting their annual Harvest Fest/Trunk or Treat on October 31. Doors open at 5:30pm and the event ends at 7pm.
The community is invited for fun and fellowship. There will be food, games and trunk or treat - rain or shine.
Birch Run Legion dinners announced for October
The Birch Run American Legion Post #125 will host weekly dinners each Wednesday in October from noon-6pm. Cost is $6 per person.
The menu will be: October 5, chicken stew dinner; October 12, baked spaghetti dinner; October 19, hamburger steak dinner; and October 26, pork loin dinner.
Carry out and delivery is available. Call (989-244-6445) for delivery. Veterans and the public are welcome.