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Council to discuss new fire station

Sep 01, 2017

Purchasing the property next to the Washington Fire Station to be used as the site for the future fire station will be discussed when the Washington City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Public Library.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said a deal has been proposed for one of the lots for the new station. Recently the city also hired the architect for the project. Construction is expected to begin next year.

“We have been meeting with the architect,” Hinson said. “The goal is to have conceptual designs put together this fall, then we will have some public presentations and discussion on those.”

He said the public will be able to give reaction to the project, but because the fire station is not a public use building suggestions may or may not be taken. Hinson said in many cases, items will be located in certain places because it is required by code.

The council agreed to construct a new fire station as an answer to the city’s space needs after a proposal to use the former library building as city hall was rejected by the current council. The new plan calls for the construction of a new fire station and will house the police department and city hall in the current municipal building.

Hinson also said people are welcome to tour the existing facility.

“I think the biggest thing we have in our favor is if people come and walk through the existing facility and we can explain to them the issues the space we currently have present every single day, I think the public will be very understanding,” Hinson said. ‘Every single day we deal with limitations the facilities have.”

While the construction of the new fire station and the renovation of the municipal building are being done as separate projects, Hinson said.

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