Fire Station proposal presented to County Commission/Zook 11/30/2010
Hutchinson Fire Chief Kim Forbes presented a draft plan for a proposed new fire station to be built on four acres of land deeded to the city of Hutchinson by Westar Energy to the County Commission during their study session Tuesday.
The land which on the property of the Westar Energy plant on East 30th, is technically in the county, but is surrounded on three sides by the city. They want to build the station at that location and is asking the land be rezoned from heavy industry to public use.
The station would replace the current station on 30th, next to Central Christian High School.
Chief Forbes says the station is needed because of the expansion of the city to the north and east. The expansion further encroaches on prairie grass that's prone to catching fire, as we have seen in the recent past.
Also, the current station is to small to handle a 9-man crew and the larger trucks.
The new station would be 69-hundred square feet, with large enough driveways that fire trucks would be able to pull into, without having to back into the station from 30th.
The Chief says they hope to bid out the project by the 3rd week January of next year and begin dirt work in February. The city hopes to have the station complete by June of next year.
The issue will come before the commission again next Tuesday, with possible action on the zoning request during the agenda session on December 8th.