"A fund-raising dinner - like the chicken barbecue held last Saturday at the fire station - could bring in roughly $7,000. But the fire company - with an annual budget of about $120,000- would have to hold more than 100 such dinners to collect enough money for the planned expansion.
'Financially, we didn't think it was doable without something special,' said fire chief Jim Martin. 'We were ready to drop the project.'
However, a creative solution came from a local builder, George Desmond, who donated a parcel of land to the fire company through the Desmond Family Foundation.
'That was a welcome surprise. It was totally unexpected,' Martin said.
Desmond and other business leaders encouraged fire officials to build a house on the property, then sell it to raise money for the fire station project.
The donated land, located on Enterprise Drive near the fire station, is valued at roughly $80,000."