Fire station wins approval |

Fire station wins approval

Construction could start this month in North Routt

— The North Routt Fire Protection District will take bids for the construction of a new fire station now that the station has gained the approval of the Routt County Planning Commission.

The planning commission approved a permit Thursday night for the fire district to build the $900,000 station within Steamboat Lake State Park.

“We are ready to go,” said Jan Kaminski, architect for Mountain Architecture, which has designed the station. “We will bid the project Monday, Tuesday at the latest.”

The five-member commission reviewed the application for less than an hour.

“The district has done a fantastic job of putting this together,” Commissioner Fred Nichols said.

The fire district has worked on a second station in North Routt County for about 10 years.

Last fall, taxpayers in the fire district approved a $1.2 million bond to fund the station. The district is also using a $200,000 Energy Impact Grant and $150,000 from Routt County to purchase new equipment for the station.

Chuck Vale, who is the chairman of the fire district, said the location of the station is ideal.

The 9,000-square-foot facility will be built on five acres of land between County Road 29 and County Road 62. The rear of the property is bordered by Willow Creek.

The station will be built on land that was owned by North Routt resident Terry Hunt.

In March, the State Parks Board approved of Hunt giving Steamboat Lake State Park the property in return for five acres of park land. The fire district will pay $10 a year to the state park to lease the property.

“We though getting the money would be the hard part,” Vale said. “But it turns out that was the easy part.”

Taxpayers approved of the bond because they recognized the need for the station, Vale said.

The new station will significantly improve fire protection and emergency services to the Steamboat Lake area, which has experienced residential growth.

Vale said the response time to this area from the district’s Clark station is not adequate.

The new station will include four bays. Three will be utilized by the fire district and one by the county’s road department.

The station will also house a conference room, office, sleeping quarters and storage areas.

The station will be brown with a green roof and feature a log finish on the front. The color scheme is intended to match nearby state park buildings.

Also included in the project are a 260-foot fuel storage facility, a 15,000-gallon underground water tank, a sewage disposal system and 13 parking spaces.

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