ROXBURY, NJ – Some long-sought improvements to the Roxbury Fire and First Aid Company 3 firehouse are in the wings, thanks to a grant of nearly $80,000.
“It’s basically an old building and it needs a lot of renovation,” said Roxbury Fire Company 3 Chief Sammy Manganella. “We applied for the grant and it was approved and so we’re moving forward with it.”
The $77,000 for work at the Berkshire Valley Road fire station will come in the form of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Morris County. CDBG money comes from the federal government and is channeled through the county to local projects that qualify.
The Roxbury firehouse project is one of 27 throughout the county determined to meet qualifying criteria – primarily that they will benefit low- and moderate-income people. According to the county, 35 projects totaling more than $1.8 million, were considered this year for CDBG grants.
Manganella said the money will be used to install a new roof, a fire suppressing system, some doors “and other odds and ends” at the firehouse. He said the structure is outdated when compared to many area firehouses.
“We’re really trying to get Company 3 up to par with all the other firehouses, not just in our town but in surrounding towns,” Manganella said. “It’s 2017. We’re doing a lot of work over there to get it to where it should be.”
Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak agreed. “It’s going to happen this year,” he said. “Thank God. It’s long overdue.”
The firehouse, built in 1958, is owned by the township.