Meridian Township, Mich. (WILX) Following a judge's decision at the end of April to deny a temporary restraining order against Meridian Township to begin building a new fire station, the township Wednesday took the next step.
Some of Meridian's emergency staff will now be housed in a temporary station inside the Meridian Township Service Center, 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court, to take calls for at least the next year until a new station can be built on the corner of Okemos Rd. and Central Park Drive.
One fire engine and one ambulance will be located at the building for calls.
While Fire Chief Fred Cowper said the central location of the temporary station will help with response times, he did acknowledge there could be a few occasions when the location might work against them.
Located off Okemos Rd. between the railroad tracks to the north and a flood-prone area of the rod to the south, Cowper said it could hinder the station's ability to respond if there is a train, or if the road is blocked by water. However, one of the township's two other stations would be able to respond if that were the case, according to Cowper.
Tonight on News 10 at 6, WILX's Josh Sidorowicz will take a walk-through of the temporary digs and will have more on when construction is set to begin on the new station.