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Bethel fire station open house Jan. 31

Bethel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an open house 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 31 on Oakridge Road. The station is behind the old No. 1 station off Highway 557.

The department moved into the new station Nov. 22.

York County Council approved $2 million in 2013 from the special tax district budget that funds the department. Completion date was May 26, 2014, but delays pushed the opening back. Council approved $20,000 in contingency money and a 50-day extension when new soil was needed after a wet and snowy winter.

Then, when firefighters were ready to move in last summer, problems with the concrete cracking beneath the weight of the trucks surfaced. The builder and tax board held off on opening. Still the project came in at budget.

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