The Piedmont City Council (MO) has authorized an estimated $30,000 in expenditures to finance renovations to the fire station.
Heating and air conditioning will be added to the building, as well as four rooms and a storage area.
The construction will replace previously existing areas that were destroyed in a fire last year.
Mayor Bill Kirkpatrick said that the city had an architect prepare plans for the project. The city then took the plans to
Turnbough Building Supply for a parts list.
Ward II Alderman Scot Tucker said this project will put the fire station back to its condition before the fire. He believes the
station will be a better, more functionally facility than before the fire because the interior space will be better utilized.
“This should basically put you back to where you were before the fire,” Tucker said. The firefighters disagreed. They told the
city council that they still have missing and damaged gear that need to be replaced. They have applied for grant funds to replace
SCBAs (breathing gear used when fighting fires); they have not been notified if their grant request has been approved.
“We’re not back up where we were,” said Jeff Handy. “But, what we have is new. We’re making good progress.”
“I believe the city has made a lot of progress in a year,” Tucker said. “It will take time to replace everything. We’re a small
city and have limited resources. What we can do is what we can do.”
The city council also agreed to spend $3,000 to install network wiring for telephones and computers at the fire station. A portion
of that money will be used to purchase a projector for the training room.
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