Last week, City Council approved the purchase of a property at 932a Penn St., but with reservations.

“We’ve been talking with the council and this is the first time we seemed to have any concerns from certain council members that never had been expressed to the administration.”Reed disagreed and said members of council asked questions in the past and wanted to have community input on the proposed fire station.

“The city has allowed the infrastructure to run down and not invest in maintaining these stations.”One of the reasons the administration is looking to improve the fire stations is to better the city’s ISO rating.

If the city were to start investing in the fire stations it should improve the ISO rating”We would be showing to the rating agency that the city is investing in the fire infrastructure,” Steckman said.

He added that the city is also looking at putting ambulances in fire stations in certain areas of the city to improve response times.

Steckman said the city would not hold on to the old fire stations.

Donna Reed