The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved moving forward with a public hearing to appropriate the necessary funding to construct a third fire station in the Nikiski area at their meeting last Tuesday.
In a memo to the assembly, In 2003 Nikiski Fire Service Area Board approved a design project for Nikiski Fire Station #3 to be located at the intersection of Holt Lamplight Road and Escape Route Road.
The project advance was halted pending the availability of funds for construction. In the fiscal year 2019 budget process $3,200,000 was appropriated to update the 16-year-old design documents, complete construction, and equip the station with its basic facility needs.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “We have some people that are now living on the far fringes of the existing two stations, and their fire occurrences are excessive or high because of that. This would allow for a quicker service.”
In the design process a third party estimate was provided by the design team identifying an estimated project cost of $4,200,000. Refinement of the project scope, while still addressing the basic facility service needs, was completed and the total project budget is currently estimated at $4,025,000, according to the memo provided to the assembly.
On November 13, the Nikiski Fire Service Area Board will be presented with the bid results at their regularly scheduled meeting for the board’s recommendation.
Pierce: “We will continue to work on looking at all of the different fire service areas and making sure that those stations are manned so that we can respond. My goal would be that if you need an ambulance, that an ambulance shows up and has a paramedic on board.”
The ordinance up for public comment at the next borough meeting on December 3 appropriates $1,000,000 from the Nikiski Fire Service Area fund balance to be transferred to the Nikiski Fire Service Area Capital project fund in order to build the new station.
Photo provided by the Nikiski Fire Department