Fundraising tops goal for Gladbrook fire station

GLADBROOK – Fundraising has topped the goal of $800,000, which means a new fire station and ambulance building will be on its way to Gladbrook.

The location will be at the southern edge of the Tama County town along Highway 96, across from the Casey’s General Store.

Mayor Keith Sash said city leaders are pleased with the support they have received from the community.

“Fundraising went way better than what we were expecting for or hoping for,” Sash said. “It’s tremendous to get that kind of support locally. Gladbrook has always been a generous community.”

The city will receive construction bids on Thursday with possible approval at a future council meeting. Sash said they will be looking to get construction work started in the spring as soon as the ground thaws.

“We’re hoping to be done by the end of the year,” Sash said. “The sooner the contractor can get to work the better.”

The current fire station is located in downtown Gladbrook and there are space concerns as well as upkeep from a facility that was built in the 1960s.

Mike Bearden, a committee member on the project, said while they have reached their original goal of $800,000 for the facility, they are now seeking an additional $150,000 to pay for a generator, concrete work around the facility and other work to finish the facility.

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