05/16/07 587 W, 3 I - + 20 - 10 Raleigh's Proposed Budget

The city's proposed annual budget has been released. Highlights from the public safety section , of proposed FD expenses: replace one engine, add three full-time fire investigators, add five mobile data terminals for chief officers, continue offering Capital Leadership training program to personnel, and replace a gas chemical identifier. The list of accomplishments from the prior budget year is notably robust and provides a detailed look into the department's workings and beyond the usual stations / apparatus / personnel perspective. Other budget items: the ECC is getting the city Radio Shop, and adding ten telecommunicator positions; PD is moving to the 800 mhz radio system. From CIP documents , funding is listed for a northeast fire station starting this year, replacing Station 3 starting FY2009, and another fire station starting FY2010. Plus radios, station improvements, a storage building, etc. The CEL Public Safety Center is also listed, under Alternative Financing Projects and starting FY2009.

Details on select CIP items:

2. Fire Station Improvements: $615,000
This project will provide maintenance to the city's fire stations, half of which are over 30 years old. Others are more than 40 years old. Renovations are needed at many of these stations. Over the next five years, this request will pay for roof, kitchen, bathroom, floor, window, boiler, driveway and parking area repaving as well as other repair/replacements needed to maintain these facilities.

3. Fire 800 MHz. Radios: $463,000
This request is a continuation of the previous two year's CIP projects which provided funding for 800 MHz radios. This funding was required in order to receive $1.17 million federal funding through Wake County for 800 MHz infrastructure. The FY08 request will provide for the addition of a fourth hand held radio on each fire apparatus. The FY09 request provides for base radios for all stations and the FY10 request provides for the addition of a fifth hand held radio on those 19 fire apparatus with 5 personnel assigned.

4. Replace Fire Station 3: $4,250,320
This is a proposal to construct a new fire station to replace Station 3, located at 13 South East Street. Station 3, built in 1951, is inadequate to serve as a city fire station. Though there have been improvements, it remains functionally obsolete and is too small. A new fire station, located in the same area, would be better equipped to respond to the needs of those in this area of Raleigh.

5. Fire Station, Northeast Raleigh: $4,315,000
This is a request to construct a fire station in the rapidly growing northeastern portion of the city to serve such areas as recently annexed River Towne. The station would house two companies (an engine and a ladder) and would be staffed by 30 personnel, 10 per shift.

7. Fire Storage Building: $240,000
Construct a 60' X 80' butler-type building at the fire services facility on New Bern Avenue. The purpose of this building is to serve as a garage for five (5) reserve fire apparatus that currently are kept outdoors. They are very susceptible to damage including rusting and general deterioration resulting from outside storage. The addition of this structure will protect the fire apparatus thus keeping it in ready-response condition and lengthening is useful life.

8. Fire Station: $3,901,000
A new fire station is projected to be constructed in response to population growth in Raleigh.

Clarence Lightner Safety Center: $107,658,444
Construction of a Public Safety Center located in the Downtown Business District. The facility will comprise an estimated 146,000 net sq. ft. and include the ECC, Emergency Operations, Traffic Signal Control and Public Safety Center functions as well as general office space as part of a proposed 260,000 gross sq. ft. office tower and 800 parking spaces in a new offsite deck.

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