HAVERHILL - Haverhill City Council member Matt Stalzer thought the fundraising to get a new fire station built in the town would take three to five years.
It turns out the wealth of community support has resulted in a majority of the fundraising and building done in just one year.
"The support has been very good from the community," Stalzer said. "Not just the people,, but also the businesses."
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Work on the new Haverhill Fire Station has been progressing in recent weeks. The facility located on the southern edge of Haverhill is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The current fire station located in town is small and does not meet the needs of the fire department. This new 60 x 105 feet building on the southern edge of Haverhill will provide plenty of space. The Morton Building is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
"It's going to be really nice for the community," Stalzer said.
Fundraising has reached $250,000 with an additional $40,000 still to go to pay for the completion of concrete work and interior work. Stalzer said the project received an overwhelming boost last spring when a local couple donated the building for the project.
"They wanted to support the Haverhill area," Stalzer said. "With the building donation, the process sped up quite a bit."
Another big boost was a silent auction, dinner and music fundraiser this past June which netted $20,000 for the project.
Stalzer said the volunteer fire department expects to move into the facility after the first of the year. They will also plan a grand opening and open house sometime after the department is settled in its new location.
Those looking to donate can send checks to Haverhill Fire Station Fund, P.O. Box 81, Haverhill, IA 50120.