Elburn Fire eyes Lily Lake for 3rd station

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District briefly looked into putting a third fire station in the Village of Lily Lake, officials said.

The district currently has two stations, one at 210 E. North St., Elburn and another at 39W950 Hughes Road, near the Mill Creek subdivision in Blackberry Township.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan initially approached the Lily Lake Village Board in November with the idea of establishing another station at Wooley Road and Route 47. Although trustees agreed this would be a good location, Callaghan said the property did not work out after all.

“ The way the property was laid out did not fit,” Callaghan said. “The property we were looking at did not pan out. Nothing is going to happen right now.”

Callaghan said the district would like to put a fire station in Lily Lake to help cover response times in the northern third of the district. The district’s goal is to secure some land for a future fire station, Callaghan said.

“We are just looking for a piece of property for right now,” Callaghan said.

Callaghan said he did not know whether it would be a brick and mortar station or a frame and metal structure like the one Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District established for its station in Campton Hills.

A frame and metal building on a full foundation was installed in Campton Hills because it is less expensive, officials said.

Lily Lake Village President Jesse Heffernan said village officials were excited at the possibility of a fire station in their community.

“It would be beneficial to all the residents, the closer you are to a fire department [or] emergency-responding body” Heffernan said. “It’s just not happening in the near future.”

While the village is not a broker for the fire district, Heffernan said if a developer wanted to annex, officials might be able to include land for a fire station into the annexation agreement.

“We could certainly have an open conversation – if we could make it beneficial for all parties,” Heffernan said.

In addition to Lily Lake, the Elburn district serves 23,000 people in Elburn, Virgil, Campton Hills, Mill Creek and five elementary schools, officials said.

The district covers 75 square miles and serves major portions of Routes 64, 38 and 47, and a commuter rail line with two commuter rail stations, officials said.