Rolling Meadows eyes land on Hicks Road for second firehouse

Rolling Meadows could purchase property less than a mile from its existing fire station on Plum Grove Road for the second of two proposed fire stations.

The city plans to offer $800,000 for 42,246 square feet of land at 2320 and 2350 Hicks Road, just west of Route 53 and north of Kirchoff Road. On Tuesday, the city council voted 4-3 in a first reading vote to authorize the purchase from MAB LLC, also doing business as Platinum Home Mortgage Corp. A final, second reading vote is scheduled for Oct. 24.

The land deal would be the second piece to the fire department’s controversial $9 million plan to relocate both city firehouses, aimed at improving response times and reducing fire risk throughout town.

Last month, the council voted 4-2 to buy land for $1.3 million at 3201 Algonquin Road on the south side of town. The 77,195-square-foot site is where a new station would be built to replace the aging downtown Station 15 at 3111 Meadow Drive.

While Station 15 would move south, Station 16 at 2455 S. Plum Grove Road would move slightly east.

The plan has rankled residents and aldermen that would lose a fire station close to them.

“I have not been in support of this from day one,” said Alderman Laura Majikes, whose northeast side Ward 3 is near the downtown station. “I want Station 15 to stay where it is and rebuild there. Leave both stations where they are.”

Majikes voted against the Hicks Road land purchase, along with Alderman Joe Gallo of Ward 4, where Station 15 is located, and newly-seated Alderman Nick Budmats of northwest side Ward 2. Budmats, appointed Sept. 26 after the death of Alderman Jerry Hill, said he is seeking more information about the relocation plans from new Fire Chief Terry Valentino, but is a “no” vote for now.

Alderman Mike Cannon of west side Ward 1 said a previous proposal to add a third fire station to serve the south side wasn’t an affordable option, while…

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