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Voters Could Be Asked to Keep Fire Station Open

Nevada City voters will likely have to approve a sales tax increase if the city is to keep its fire station open. Fire Station 54 is jointly staffed by firefighters from the Nevada City Fire Department and the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, but Nevada County Consolidated is scheduled to remove their personnel in April. The City Council held a special meeting today (Thursday) to consider four alternatives. City Manager Mark Prestwich says the first step in keeping the station open is to apply for, and receive, a newly available federal grant…

Listen to Mark Prestwich

The grant would keep firefighters at the station for two years, but then voters would have to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase in 2016 to fund beyond that. Also, Nevada City will ask Consolidated to stay in Station 54 a few extra months until the grant money arrives. That’s a lot of “ifs”, but Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed is optimistic…

Listen to Sam Goodspeed

Of the four alternatives presented to the council, three of them included this plan–one would turn Station 54 into an ‘ambulance only’ station, one alternative would be to keep it just as is (as a fire station), and the one unanimously agreed upon by the council, would provide both services. Mayor Terri Andersen says the meeting was just a first step, and there are a lot of hoops to jump through…

Listen to Terri Andersen

The fourth alternative is one that the council wants to avoid altogether–closing the fire station and contracting out for fire services to either Consolidated or Grass Valley.

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