The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 13, 2013

City eyes new fire station

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid intends to build a new fire station on the grounds of Lions Park on West Maine.

In court documents filed Friday, City Attorney Andrea Springer asked the district court to vacate the plat, or land plan, of the roughly half an acre that comprises the park. The document also states the city’s intent to build a new station there.

Fire Chief Joe Jackson said the new station would replace the department’s Station No. 4, currently located nearby at 2205 W. Garriott.

“(The station) was built in 1960. Fifty years is a good lifespan for a fire station,” Jackson said.

The current structure also cannot fully accommodate newer fire truck technology.

“If we want to buy a new fire engine for that station, we’d be customizing it due to the length of the apparatus floor,” he said.

The land that makes up the triangle-shape of the property is owned by “city of Enid Parks,” according to Garfield County Assessor’s Office records. However, it is managed by its adopted caretakers, the Lions Club.

The volunteer organization mows and landscapes the park. They’ve added trees around the edges and have purchased playground equipment for it.

Enid Noon Lions Club President Joe Chandler said Monday he hadn’t heard about the city’s plans, but would talk to the club about the issue at its next meeting.

The city of Enid has five fire stations. Its central station is located at Garriott and Adams, and the others are scattered as best the city can in each direction. Aside from being able to replace the aging No. 4 station, the new building will help to reduce coverage overlap.

“Ideally, we’d be a little further west. There’s not a lot available north and west,” Jackson said.

He noted the city examined other properties in northwest Enid.

“There’s drainage problems on some of the land; then the land that I was really interested in, they didn’t want to sell it,” Jackson said.

When the budget is approved by the Enid City Commission in about a month, Jackson expects it to include enough money to pay for design and architectural work. He declined to estimate how much a new station would cost.

The new Station No. 4 would be manned by three firefighters, a fire engine and a smaller brush pumper.

It likely will look similar to Station No. 2 at 2208 N. Grand. That station, roughly 4,000 square feet in area, was built in 2008.

City planners must notify all residents within 300 feet of the park that the city plans to vacate the plat.