BETHANY - It's taken decades and numerous, often heated, meetings to forge a consensus but Bethany's volunteer firemen are closer than ever to achieving their goal of a new central firehouse. At a special meeting on Jan. 10, the Board of Finance approved a resolution recommending appropriation of an additional $1.285 million for construction of the facility.
The additional funds would bring the total for the project to $3.885 million -significantly more than the $2.6 million approved by voters in 2003. But, according to Board of Finance Chairman Russ von Beren, "The original [figure] was really insufficient to build this firehouse." That's a judgment strongly underscored by both Warren Buchter, chairman of the Firehouse Building Committee, and Robert McSherry, fire chief. In fact, they point out, the first round of bids on the project all came in at well over $4 million.