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Fire station lot could expand

— Work on a proposed fire station in Stagecoach could get closer to starting if Routt County commissioners approve today a change in the lot where the station will be built.

Supporters of the station had hoped to start construction on the 6,800-square-foot facility by the end of summer and complete it by Nov. 1.

Because of complications with the lot location, that schedule has been delayed.



After Routt County commissioners approved the plan, Brian Stahl, the owner of the golf course parcel in the community who has supported the station, realized he needed to be sure he had an easement across the station property to access his own property.

The issue was resolved when Stahl exchanged an extra 0.7 acres of land to ensure the access, said Stahl’s attorney, Peter Patten.



“It’s really a win-win deal in that the fire station is going to get a bigger lot and more area to do a better site plan, and then Brian Stahl is simply getting an access easement on the east side of the fire station to property he owns up there,” Patten said.

Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup agreed, and said that the new deal could end up saving $12,000 in excavation and foundation costs.

“It helped us out because we were able to move the fire station a little bit and get out of a low-lying area,” Wisecup said.

Unfortunately, the deal also shifted the construction schedule. Now, workers hope to do dirt and utility work this fall, with construction starting next spring, Wisecup said.

The proposed building will be built on a lot leased from the Stagecoach Property Owners Association in the Meadowgreen area. The building will house firefighting and emergency response equipment.

After the large equipment building is constructed, an additional equipment bay and a training and meal facility for emergency response crews will be built.

A fire station in Stagecoach is important because of growth in the area and high homeowners insurance rates, among other reasons, supporters have said.

Since the Stagecoach area was designed in the early 1970s, 136 single-family homes and 163 multifamily homes have been built. Of the single-family homes, more than half have been built since 1996. Continued growth is expected for the area.

Because the community is more than five miles from a fire station, insurance rates rise sharply.

— To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com


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