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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE
– Friday, March 17, 2017
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For public safety’s sake
Former Town Moderator Robert J. Long calls a west side
fire station a “top priority” that’s decades overdue
By Mark E. Vogler
A
single-family house next
door to the Oaklandvale
Elementary School once was
considered for the site of a fu-
ture firehouse that would pro-
tect homes and businesses
on the town’s west side. For-
mer Town Moderator Robert
J. Long – who has lived about
a half a century with his wife
in the Oaklandvale section of
town – said he thinks there
are better locations available
than the half-acre property at
270 Main St. which the town
bought for $165,000 in 1999.
Long, who also served 34
years as aTownMeetingmem-
ber and four years on the Board
of Selectmen, said he would
rather see a firehouse built in
theTarget/Ocean State Job Lot
business area, not far from the
entrance of Breakheart Res-
ervation. But Long said that
wherever the station is locat-
ed, it needs to be done as soon
as possible – without having
to go through a long planning
process.
“You really don’t have to
come up with a reason – the
reasons are already there,”
Long told the
Saugus Advocate
this week.
“If the town wanted to see
this 22 years ago, what’s made
it less necessary today? It’s
needed now. The traffic con-
gestion is worse now than it
was 10 years ago – or even five
years ago,” he said.
“I don’t understand why an
issue like the west side fire sta-
tion can be a hot issue onemo-
ment and then fall to the back
burner. I think it’s time to get it
back on the front burner.We’ve
already let enough time go
back,” he said.
The subject of recent talk
Long was reacting to com-
ments made last week by sev-
eral Finance Committee mem-
bers during a review of the
public safety budgets for the
2018 fiscal year that begins
July 1. With AvalonBay Com-
munities, Inc.’s plans to build
280 apartments on the 14-acre
site of the old Hilltop Steak
House restaurant, committee
members said they believe
there is an obvious need for
a third fire station in town in-
stead of having fire trucks and
ambulances dispatched from
the central fire station onHam-
ilton Street, upMain Street and
across Route 1 to the west side
of town.
Long recalled that town vot-
ers passed a debt exclusion
back in 1995 that included
$500,000 set aside for the fire
station as part of a $20 million
capital projects package. Then,
three years later, money from
another $500,000 was used to
buy the house at 270 Main St.,
according to Long.
The firehouse project stalled
when funds weren’t approved
to staff the building, accord-
ing to some town officials.
But Long said he believes that
wasn’t the real reason for the
project being shelved. There
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ANUNUSED SITE: TheTown of Saugus bought this single family home and land at 270Main St.
in 1999 for $165,000, with plans of using it for a third fire station, which would cover the west
side of town. The house and the half-acre site are valued at $264,600, according to records at
the Town Assessor’s Office.
(
Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler
)
ADVOCATE FOR A THIRD FIRE STATION: Former Saugus Town
Moderator Robert J. Long says construction of a new fire sta-
tion on the west side of town is long overdue.
SAFETY
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