It’s taken an extra year – no thanks to the sluggish economy – but the Spokane Valley Fire Department will move forward with construction of a new fire station on East Sprague Avenue this year.
A new Station 10 will be constructed at 17217 E. Sprague, which will replace temporary quarters set up in a manufactured home. On Monday, fire commissioners approved moving forward with advertising for construction bids on the project, which the department estimates will cost around $2.2 million.
Final action on going forward with the bid process is expected to take place on Feb. 16. A special meeting will be held March 8 to open the bids, with the construction contract to be awarded – provided the board approves – on March 15.
The fire station was to have been built in 2009, but the commissioners agreed to hold off while putting together their budget in late 2008 just as the economy took a downturn. The plan now is to start work once the weather improves in the spring with final completion next fall.
On Monday, to start the process moving forward, the commissioners agreed to spend up to $10,000 for permits.
“I say go for it,” said Commissioner Joe Dawson.
A new administration building, which will be located adjacent to Station 8 at Wilbur and Montgomery, will be built in 2011.
In other news, the fire commissioners learned Monday that the total number of runs in 2009 was down by 5.53 percent from 2008. Fire crews made 10,953 runs last year as opposed to 11,594 in 2008.
While most of the decrease came in the city of Spokane Valley, there were areas – such as in the cities of Millwood and Liberty Lake – where service increased.
Finally, the commissioners reappointed Bill Anderson as chairman of the board, with Monte Nesbitt as vice chairman.
The fire commissioners next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. at Station 8. The meeting was moved back a day due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.