County approves Cedar Point Fire Station

By Ryann Brooks
Emporia Gazette – May 17, 2018
Submitted by Newz Group – June 8, 2018

The Chase County Commission gave direction to begin construction of a fire station in Cedar Point during a meeting Monday afternoon at the courthouse.

Fire Chief State Fillmore said he had about $126,000 in his budget for building repairs and construction. With renovations needed at the Strong City Fire Station, as well as the need for a fire station in Cedar Point, Fillmore has been working on plans since last year on how to address the fire department’s growing needs.

Fillmore said he wanted to build a 60′-by-60′ building in Cedar Point that could be used to house trucks, as well as some equipment for the Road and Bridge Department.

“I would like to go 60-by60,” he said. “If we go much smaller than that–and I know it’s all about the money–I might have to sell a truck or two.”

Currently, the Cedar Point Fire Station is a roughly 24′-by-55′ structure which houses four trucks.

“We’ve looked at this and we agreed that I could get by with 60-by-40”, Fillmore said.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Thom Kirk said the plans he and Fillmore discussed would be an open layout inside of the building, which would make it easier for storage. Fillmore said a larger door would probably be required if they did go for the full requested size.

“Once you start getting those special doors made you run into a ton of money,” Commissioner Bill Fillmore said.

Commissioners went into executive session with Steve Fillmore and Kirk to discuss the specifics regarding the building funds and needs at the Strong City station. Afterward, commissioners gave Steve Fillmore direction to move ahead with the Cedar Point Fire Station.

“I think Cedar Point was promised a fire station and I think we need to give them one,” Bill Fillmore said.


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