Fire Station Project
The City is asking residents permission to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed the amount of $2,550,000 for the purposes of designing, constructing, equipping and furnishing a new fire station.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a new fire station?
As the city continues to grow, calls for service to the fire department increase each year. In 2009, after the Fire Station No. 2 was built, the fire department responded to 2,759 calls. In 2016 the fire department responded to 4,158 calls. Calls have increased over 50 percent since 2009.
How will the project be funded?
The fire station will be funded with $2.55 million in bond proceeds and $2.65 million from the Capital Projects Reserve Fund. Total cost for this project is $5.2 million.
Where will the new fire station be located?
The new fire station will be located on NE 36th Street near the entrance to Otter Creek Golf Course. View the Fire Station No. 3 site map. The primary drivers for selecting the fire station location are the ability to respond quickly to emergency calls for service and the projected future development of the city.
What will the new fire station look like?
The new fire station will look similar to Fire Station No. 2 located on Oralabor Road. The City is using existing plans as a cost saving measure. View the fire station #3 rendering.
What is the construction timeline?
If approved on May 2, the City will break ground in summer 2017 and the fire station will open fall 2018.
Will the bonds pay for staffing?
No, a staffing plan is in place for Fire Station No. 3. Funding for staffing is part of the FY 2018 and FY 2019 General Fund Budget. The fire station will be staffed when it opens and will not require a tax increase.
Do you have more questions about this project?
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