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Village to help cover Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department expansion

Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, located at the corner of

Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, located at the corner of Washington and Central avenues, has serviced Lawrence and Cedarhurst communities for more than 100 years. (April 17, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

The Lawrence Village board finally approved its contract with the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department for fire protection services and an agreement that would partially help cover the funds to pay for a $2 million expansion to its out-of-date firehouse.

The five-year contract between the village and the fire department was unanimously approved at the village board meeting Feb.28, said village administrator David E. Smollett, after more than two years of delays. The board approved its share of the construction, which is $1,074,000, Smollett said.

Cedarhurst Village approved its five-year contract in October.

The fire department has been proposing for three years to expand the three-story building on Washington Avenue — constructed in 1902 and extended in 1970 — because modern trucks do not fit through its doors and the department needs extra space. The proposed extension would include two additional bays on the first floor, and more offices and training rooms on the second floor.

The two villages cover the majority of the department’s $1 million operating budget, with a small sum coming from Hempstead Town for the department’s coverage of North Lawrence and East Lawrence.

Lawrence Village's board will meet Thursday at 8 p.m. at Lawrence Village Hall, 196 Central Ave.

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