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Meriden City Council to vote on fate of firehouse

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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Firefighters in Meriden are calling on city residents to help them save a firehouse in the city.

Members of the City Council will meet Monday night to decide whether or not to close Meriden's Engine 3.

The Finance Committee approved keeping the station open, but some worry there is still opposition.

Meriden's Engine 3 responded to 2,200 calls last year, and after much worry and uncertainty, it now looks like next year it will be able to do the same.

Originally the city manager considered closing the fire house because in a tight economy, the plan would have saved the city nearly $900,000 a year.

But firefighters and their supporters rallied at council meetings, and said that by closing the station it would have a major impact on public safety.

The city manager came back with a revamped budget that would save the fire station and last week the city's finance committee voted 4-1 on a plan which would keep the Broad Street fire house open.

The budget, which would come with a small tax increase, must now be approved by the entire city council.

"The elderly people in this area will suffer because the response to them around here will get longer, that's not right," said Earl Warthen of Meriden.

The council will meet and vote Monday night.

Stay with wfsb.com for the latest developments and watch a live report with Tina Martin on Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.

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