Northwest NEWS

July 17, 2000

Local News

Fire station returned to Grange

fire station

Fire Chief Steve Smith awards appreciation plaque to Grange Master Frank Baker while Grange members and fire district personnel look on.

   Woodinville's Fire Station 32, after 40 years of use, was turned over to the Sammamish Valley Grange by the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District during a ceremony last Tuesday, July 11.

   In 1960, the Sammamish Valley Grange provided property, for what was then known as King County Fire District 36, to construct a fire station to provide emergency fire and medical aid response to the Hollywood Hill area of the fire district.

   "The only charge by the Sammamish Valley Grange was that the Fire District would pay the annual property tax to King County, which totaled $50 in 1960, and the district paid about $1,100 in 1999," said Chief Steve Smith. "This partnership allowed the Fire District to cost-effectively locate a fire station within this area of the fire district. Had the Grange not provided this property to the fire district in 1960, the district most likely would not have had the financial means to provide a fire station in this area."

   The Grange has always considered this property to be an asset to be used for community service, said Grange Master Frank Baker. "It is the intention of the Grange that the property will continue to be an asset to the community. It has been determined that the best use of the building is to make it an income-producing property. There are already several proposals to rent the building," he said.

   "It is planned to use this income in three ways. First: One month's rent each year will be used to send Woodinville children to summer camp. Second: The Grange will establish a scholarship for young people from the Woodinville community. Third: The existing Grange hall will be expanded. This will not only make the hall more functional, but will allow for rentals of the hall to more than one community function at a time. There are now more requests for the hall than there are days in the year," added Baker.

   The Grange does not charge the following organizations for use of the hall: Medic I, Children's Orthopedic, Hooterville Pets, City of Woodinville Parks, Evergreen Gleaners, 45th District Legislators, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Woodinville Little League Soccer, Satellite Seniors, Redmond Cheerleaders Rummage Sale, Woodinville High Wrestlers Rummage Sale, Woodinville Little League Girls Soccer, and Little League Baseball.

   The station is located at 14700 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville.