Ogden, Leonardville to get new fire stations

By Stephanie Casanova
Manhattan Mercury – April 19, 2017

Ogden and Leonardville will have new fire stations in about a year. The two buildings will cost $900,000.

The Riley County Fire Department will pay $100,000 up front and use a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the rest.

Emergency Management director Pat Collins said the loan will be paid over 25 years with an interest rate of less than 3 percent. The county will use money from property taxes levied for the fire department to pay it back.

The Ogden fire station will be near the intersection of Skyway Drive and Riley Avenue, and the Leonardville one will be on Barton Road, west of Erpelding Street. Collins said the fire stations will be designed similar to one completed a year ago near Tuttle Creek Lake. The stations will have three spaces to store firetrucks and a room to house and train fire- fighters. The original stations in Ogden and Leonardville were built for two-and-a-half-ton, sixty six Army fire trucks, used mostly for grass fires.

The fire department is now trying to buy newer, bigger trucks that are made to fight structure fires. The newer trucks are equipped with a pump to move water faster and have space for four to six firefighters. Those
trucks don’t fit in the original fire stations, Collins said.

“We try to keep the apparatus up and working and try to provide them a place where they can train,” Collins said. “That’s something we don’t have now with the current stations. They gotta pull the truck out to even get inside and do any training.”

The Riley County Commission on Monday approved a $93,695 design and project management contract with Manhattan-based BG Consultants Inc.

Because the county already has an outline in mind, Collins said designing the stations shouldn’t take too long. His goal is to have the construction out for bid by late summer or early fall and have the stations completed and everything moved into them in mid-March, by the start of fire season in 2018. Collins said the department would like to replace another two stations after the Ogden and Leonardville ones are built.


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