Fire district eyes a thrifty makeover for aging stations 1 and 4

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By Vicky Gits

The Evergreen fire district is looking at ways to improve the appearance of fire stations 1 and 4, which are in basically good shape but are beginning to show their age.

Station 1 at 4751 Highway 73 is closest to the downtown business district, south of Evergreen Dam.

Formerly the administrative headquarters, No. 1 was vacated when the new building at 1802 Bergen Parkway was built about four years ago. Today, Station 1 is mainly used as a garage, housing seven types of fire vehicles.

The earlier plan was to remodel Station 1 with money from the sale of the fire district property on Troutdale Drive across from Safeway. But that plan was postponed because the land sale stalled, said district board member Lloyd See.

The fire board bought 2 acres on Troutdale Drive for a new fire station nine or 10 years ago when the state was talking about redoing the intersection at Colorado 74 and County Road 93 and possibly taking more property on both sides of the highway across from Station 1.

The property was taken off the market a couple of months ago, but See said it might go back on after the board election in May. An offer for the property was made recently, but the deal fell through, See said.

Station 4, at 5411 Highway 73, is about halfway between Marshdale Station No. 3 and Station 1. Station 4 serves as living quarters for two paramedics working overnight shifts and accommodates two ambulances.

“Station 4 has some needs we need to look at since we aren’t doing anything major. We need to look at spending some money on painting and updating and making it a place volunteers would like to go,” See said at the regular monthly meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on Friday, April 25.

EFPD finances

Finance director Christina Griggs presented a draft of the 2007 financial audit, showing revenue of $6.3 million, up $697,000 compared to 2006.

Overbudget items included a board retreat, which wasn’t originally in the budget, and the cost of the recall election, which was also not anticipated. There were a couple of large unanticipated expenses for apparatus. Fuel costs were also higher than expected.

Fire Chief Garry DeJong reported he had begun work on an update of the 2001 master plan, including a look at appropriate funding for the remodeling of Station 1. The overall goal of the master plan was to look at apparatus replacement and setting priorities, DeJong said.

The next regular meeting of the fire district board of directors will be Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway.