Contract for building a new fire station at Eagle Valley was awarded to Pearson Brothers Construction. Their low bid was approved by the Board of County Commissioners at their regular meeting Nov. 18. Commissioners Ed Higbee and Kevin Phillips were absent.
Bid amount by Pearson was $79,300, of which he said, a large portion is due to increasing prevailing wage prices.
There has been some controversy over small portions of land between some of the landowners and Tuffy Ranches in the area near the current fire station, but all are seeking final settlement by Dec. 1, or the contract will be void. Major problems were not expected.
Nick Pearson said materials are already in place for doing some of the work.
County Fire Chief Rick Stever said once the fire station is expanded from the existing building, a local volunteer fire department will be needed, but all will have to go through the normal firefighter training and regulations, and how to operate the new engine. He said a volunteer fire department will also have a beneficial effect on insurance rates for valley residents.
Commissioner Paul Mathews said he thought the County itself was benefitting more by having a fire station in Eagle Valley, and recommended the County pay the $3,000 for the cost of a survey done of the property lines instead of having it split between the three property owners. Adam Katschke made the motion, which was voted on and approved.