Senior staff writer
Indianapolis Fire Chief Ernest Malone will meet with residents of Franklin Township to explain the department’s redeployment plan, which calls for the closing of two fire stations in one of central Indiana’s fastest growing townships.
Several residents recently walked out of a committee meeting Sept. 14 when they were not allowed to speak.
City-County Councilor Aaron Freeman attempted to acknowledge their desires to speak but was denied by Councilor Leroy Robinson, chair of the Fire and Police departments budget meeting. Freeman also walked out to protest Robinson’s decision.
The plan calls for an IFD fitness center at Station 54 at a cost of $850,000, closing Station 52 in Acton and building a new firehouse somewhere near Hickory and McGregor roads in eastern Franklin Township, estimated to cost between $3.2 million and $3.5 million.
In a recent interview on WISH-TV Channel 8, Freeman contended that shutting down both fire stations would be a tough sell to township residents. Freeman, who represents Franklin Township on the council, emphasizes that only one station in that area would not be sufficient due to the rapid growth of the township.
Malone will be available to answer questions about the plan at a public meeting Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Township Civic League, 8822 Southeastern Ave.
The township’s Fire Department was incorporated into IFD several years ago.