SCHERERVILLE | Town officials continue to examine options to position some of the Fire Department's staff in the northwest portion of Schererville.
One possibility would involve the expansion and renovation of the town's Plum Creek fire station, which is near the intersection of Plum Creek Drive and Woodhollow Drive.
There are some occasions in which emergency personnel are staged there, but the station doesn't have regular staffing, Schererville Fire Chief Joseph Kruzan said.
Through a remodeling project, living quarters could be created for firefighters. Town Council President Rob Guetzloff said the station might need additional upgrades to accommodate some of the Fire Department's equipment.
Kruzan said the town has discovered issues regarding the placement of sanitary sewer lines near the facility.
He said Schererville officials continue to review the proposed remodeling project to determine if the lines can be adjusted to accommodate the work.
Town Councilman Kevin Connelly said increased traffic from the south is expected when the Shops on Main development opens near Main Street and U.S. 41. The first Shops on Main businesses could open in the spring of 2014.
Expanding the Plum Creek station would provide a nearby location with 24-hour firefighter staffing. The project also could reduce response times to residential areas in northwest Schererville, Connelly said.
Guetzloff said selecting a different location and building a new fire station is another option Schererville officials are contemplating.
He said no final decisions have been made about renovating the Plum Creek station or establishing a new facility.
Guetzloff said the matter hasn't "come off the table" because there is a continued need to establish 24-hour staffing in the northwest area of Schererville.
"It's all in review," Guetzloff said.