07/19/07 351 W - + 19 - 14 Fire Commission Meeting


The following issues were covered in the first two-and-a-quarter hours of tonight's Wake County Fire Commission meeting:

Regarding Wake Forest's request for a fully county-funded, rural area-serving, 3,000 gallon pumper-tanker, the WCFC voted to (a.) deny the request, (b.) to rescind a prior offer of replacing an older WFFD pumper-tanker with a 2,000 gallon tanker, and (c.) that this matter not be bought before the Board again until next year.

Regarding closing Western Wake Station #2, now planned for July 1 of next year instead of this year, the WCFC unanimously voted yes. Cary will be contracted for coverage, and a new Cary Suburban Fire District will be created from some (but not all) of Station #2's territory.

Regarding a new fire station on the east side of the county, the commission voted to proceed with planning for a fire station in the Raynor Road-Highway 70 area. The station would be operated by the Garner Fire Department.

Regarding CIP funding for both Bay Leaf Station #1 reconstruction and the aforementioned east-of-Garner fire station, the commission addressed questions from the Board of Commissioners. Though funding was approved at the last WCFC meeting, the BOC expressed concerns along the lines of (a.) have all options for Bay Leaf #1 been exhausted, (b.) are there ways to reduce the cost of Bay Leaf #1, (c.) should Bay Leaf #1 be funded before the east-of-Garner station, which would serve a presently unprotected area, and (d.) what is the Fire Commissionís priorities for tax dollars in general? Stations? Staffing? Etc.?

This issue was seemingly nearing resolution when Mike had to leave, with momentum building toward the need for "the big picture" to be painted, and perhaps before CIP funding approval would proceed. We'll update with the outcome as it is learned.

Disclaimer: The above are very general accounts, and do not reflect the totality of discussions, debates, and decision-making. Nor do they note the various subcommittees that worked on the above issues, and presented them this evening. This is just a quick recap. Corrections and clarifications are welcome. For the clearest picture of what's happening, however, in-person attendance is the best-est.



How many “shut it down” station closures have happened prior to this time, e.g. not counting station relocations? Western Boulevard Fire Department, which operated from the corner of Western and Powell, disbanded in 1960. They were annexed, and their members soon formed Fairground Fire Department. Cary Station #2 on Cedar Street closed in the 1960s. The building was right around the corner from Station #1, and the additional apparatus space was presumably no longer needed. Wake Forest Fire Department #2 closed its Taylor Street station by 1983, and its members were invited to join the municipal WFFD.

For station closures including relocations, see http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we..
Legeros - 07/19/07 - 22:49

The remainder of the meeting, I’m told, included continued discussion of the “big picture,” though with no action overturning or changing the CIP funding for Bay Leaf #1 and the east-of-Garner station. The issue to proceed with the CIP funding for these projects, as approved by the Fire Commission in the last meeting, presumably continues to rest in the hands of the Board of Commissioners.
Legeros - 07/25/07 - 20:09



  
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