Monday, October 31, 2011
Sedgwick County Commissioners are considering a proposal to build a new $2 million fire station in Haysville.
The fire station sitting at 71st street south and West street is 30 years old. County firefighters believe it's day is done.
"We have old plumbing old wiring and old connections and so we're trying to save money in the long run and preventive wise," said county fire chief Gary Curmode.
To renovate the building would cost nearly a million dollars. To build a new one that would cover a larger area, would cost $2 million.
"I'd say build new one," said Haysville resident Jim McMinn."Don't keep putting money into the old one. Just build a new one, get it over with."
If the new station is approved, it would cover 14,000 citizens instead of the 8,000 and it currently protects in the Haysville area. The response time would be decreased from 4-8 minutes to 3-6 minutes.
"Due to the growth of the population now," said Curmode. "The best situation is to go further east to get to more residences in a faster and timely fashion."
An added bonus if the deal is approved, 375 more homes will see a reduced fire insurance rating, dropping insurance costs significantly. Most of those homes are southeast of Haysville, near Broadway.
The Sedgwick County Commission is scheduled to vote on the issue during Wednesday's meeting.