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Panel to use reserve fund for building Station 10

Sat., March 20, 2010

Spokane Valley Fire Commissioners unanimously voted this week to take several steps to build a new Station 10 and get rid of the mobile home being used as the current Station 10 at 17217 E. Sprague Ave.

The first move commissioners made was to transfer $742,000 from the district’s reserves to help pay for construction of the new station. Staff had hoped the department would receive a FEMA grant to pay for the construction, but there has been no word from the federal government, said Deputy Chief Larry Rider. “We planned this and waited as long as we could,” Rider said.

The second step was to award the contract to build the station to Ginno Construction of North Idaho, which had the low bid at $1,648,200. The district received 10 bids going up to $1.9 million, but most of the bids were clustered around $1.6 million. Ginno Construction beat out its nearest competitor by only $994. The district had estimated a cost of $1.9 million for the new station. Construction is expected to be complete by November.

The Commissioners also voted to declare the 1996 mobile home currently housing Station 10 surplus. It will be sold with the expectation that the buyer will pay to move it, said Rider. “We think it will cost $10,000 to move it,” he said. “We’re not too early to be looking at who we want to sell it to.”

There will be a stretch of about three months between when the mobile home is removed and the new building is ready to be used. The station will be out of operation during that time, Rider said. “We’ll just move the truck to another facility and respond from there,” Rider said. “The (construction) contract has been written to keep that down to as short a time as possible.”

The current Station 10 started as a medic-only station in 2004 and a fire truck was added two years later.

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