The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 17, 2013

Letter: What’s the rush on fire station project?

ENID, Okla. — This old cowboy really has a hard time following the plans of our city fathers and the employees of the city of Enid about the future of Enid.

Recently, we were told that the citizens of Enid had spoken and wished for the renovation and improved care for our city parks. At that time, the plans presented featured more than $170,000 dollars for improvements of the Lions Park, located at the intersection of Arthur and Maine.

Now that the citizens voted “no” on the bond issue, they tell us of the need for a new fire station to replace the one on Garriott. After all, it is more than 50-years-old and the three firemen need a larger structure to house the two vehicles assigned to them. Ever heard of building on to an existing building?

Did all the citizens that use the Lions Park suddenly vacate the neighborhood? Since that location is in a residential neighborhood, we will surely be required to replace the streets that service the location as the larger equipment we plan to buy will require wider streets.

We are told “There’s not a lot available north and west.” Perhaps if the time was taken to drive another 10 or 12 blocks west to Oakwood, they would discover the old Homeland building that the city has owned for several years. Then make a right on Oakwood and drive north to Randolph and you will see approximately eight acres of vacant ground with an “available” sign on it. Also across the intersection, you would also see an ideal location directly west of Holding’s, which has not been developed for many years.  

These properties are located on a four-lane street that would accommodate the larger equipment we seem to need. What about the vacant lot at Longview and Garriott, just west of Rainbow Sports?

Would it not be to the best interest to the city of Enid to take a second look at this project? Why the rush?

Ron Schulz

Enid

 

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