Construction going well on new Belden Fire Hall

BELDEN —  Work is moving ahead on the new building going up for the Belden Volunteer Fire Department.

The building, which is estimated to cost close to $220,000, should be completed by May 1, according to Ron Stapelman, Chairman of the Belden Rural Fire Board.

James Steel Inc., Yankton, S.D., began doing the dirt work and started construction on the building last September. Doyle Stevens Construction will be doing the concrete work.

“The building is up and work is currently being done inside the building,” Stapelman said.

The 50×70 foot building is adjacent to the building that currently houses the Belden Fire Hall. The two buildings will be connected by a five-foot enclosed breezeway.

The new building will be used to store the Fire Department’s three main trucks and the equipment carrier.

An office, restroom and shower area will also be located in the building.

The older portion of the Belden Fire Hall will still be used to store some of the equipment and the area used for an office and kitchen will remain in the same place, according to Stapelman.

“We just needed more room. It will be easier to get the trucks in and out of the building,” Stapelman said.

The new building will be paid for through a 15-year bond that has been put in place.

A Cedar County business has offered to give a financial gift toward the project and board members are hoping some additional donations will be coming in, as well.

Board of Trustees for the Belden Village and members of the Belden Rural Fire Board met in a special session Feb. 22 to review and update the inter-local agreement, which is in place between the two entities, for the new building.

A decision was made to insure the new building for $250,000. The insurance premiums and the operating costs for the new building will be paid by the Village Board.

Board of Trustees for the Village of Belden include Janice Wobbenhorst, Chairman; Brad Stapelman;  Cathy Huetig; Robert Patefield and Jody Campbell.

Ron Stapelman, Chairman; Jim Miller; Doug Preston; Dallas Graham and Bob McLain serve on the Belden Rural Fire Board.

Between 19-20 volunteers currently serve on the Belden Fire Department.