Early voting has begun for the Ohio November election. One of the local pocketbook issues to be decided is a bond issue for a new fire station in Struthers.

Struthers says the time has come to replace the old fire station on Elm Street. The station was built in 1942, and Chief William Simcox, Jr. says it no longer suits a modern-day fire department. 

"We have actually outgrown this station," Chief Simcox said.

Not only is the station 70 years old but the Chief points out that equipment has changed drastically over the years. 

"The truck has grown 11 feet long and grown 40,000 pounds. The earlier truck weighed 46,000 pounds, this truck today weighs 81,000," Simcox said. 

Because of that additional weight, the structure's foundation is showing it's age.

"There's a wall in the basement that is buckling," the Chief said. 

And even though the population has declined, the number of emergency calls has increased.  

"We are ringing a thousand calls a year.  EMS, Hazmat,  all of it," according to Simcox. 

If voters approve, the new station would be located on donated land on Elm Street. At Ernie's Barber Shop, the owner supports the bond issue.

"With the land being donated to the cause, I think that's all the more reason to take advantage of the opportunity. I'm all for it," Ernie Ciarniello said. 

A random sampling of other voters also found support for the issue.

"I think it's an excellent idea, I would definitely vote for it," said 40-year Struthers resident Ed Ryczat.   

If approved, a home valued at $50,000 would pay less than three dollars per month — less than six dollars for a $100,000 home.