Northwest NEWS

March 1, 1999

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Fire district commissioners approve design and budget

   Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District commissioners approved the design and budget for the new fire headquarters at a special commissioners' and staff meeting on February 20. With a cap of $3.5 million, the new station will be built in downtown Woodinville on the Knoll Lumber site.

   The next step will be meetings with the architect to finalize design questions and set a timeline for construction of the 19,600-square-foot facility. The one-story building will serve as a regular fire station, administrative headquarters, a training division, and the fire prevention bureau. The district has already had one of several needed technical review meetings with the City of Woodinville and will be entering into the permit process this year.

   "My goal will be to continue to move this project forward as quickly as possible and adequately provide for a station that will serve our community and personnel for some years. The design is available for review by anyone interested in the small conference room at Station 31," said Chief Steve Smith.

   The commissioners also worked on their financial plan for the future of the district. They plan to maintain a minimum of six months of operating funds in the reserve fund, have a 10-year apparatus replacement plan, and provide funding for major facility maintenance. The funded apparatus program would replace staff vehicles on a seven-year basis, aid unit every 10 years, and engine/ladder trucks every 15 years. This fund will require approximately $2.7 million over the next 10 years.