By Robert Barron Staff Writer



Enid Fire Department finally obtained two fire trucks it had been waiting on for three years.

And, construction is scheduled to begin soon on a new building for fire station No. 2.

Assistant Fire Chief Darrel Bundy told members of the Sales Tax Oversight Committee Thursday replacement of the fire station is budgeted at about $600,000. Property has been obtained at 2208 N. Grand, and architect Ken Corbin has designed the station. His design already has been presented to the Enid City Commission.

According to the quarter-cent sales tax resolution approved by voters in 2001, the department had to spend a minimum of 30 percent of its sales tax receipts on capital items. Bundy said the department has spent about 46 percent to date.

Current projects include:

? Replace two fire engines at $224,850 apiece. The funds came from the 2003-04 budget and have been approved by the city commission. Both new American LaFrance trucks arrived June 29.

? Replace one command vehicle, $25,227, which has been purchased.

? Replace three staff support vehicles, $66,681, which have been purchased.

? Replace roof on Central Fire Station, $134,516. Work is completed and paid.

? Replace four grass rigs, $290,000 from the 2005-07 budget. Four grass rigs are 20 years old and cause maintenance issues, Bundy said.

At the time of the 2001 election, fire department officials said their main concerns were replacing station No. 2, replacing engines 34 and 31, replacing three staff vehicles, replacing four grass rigs, maintaining current level of protection and bringing salaries up to competitive levels with other cities in the state.

To date those projects have been done or scheduled, Bundy said, although maintaining wages at a competitive level is a continuing issue.

Enid Police Department has collected a total of $730,908 in taxes and has spent $125,565 on capital projects, according to Capt. Bryan O'Rourke.

The remaining 30 percent of sales tax money will be carried in the fund balance to add to the cost of the animal shelter and for building improvements at the station.

Police projects include:

? Purchase of eight vehicles from Missouri Highway Patrol for $100,000.

? Construct animal shelter, $302,050.

? Installation of ballistic glass at the station, $5,300.

? Software upgrade, $15,015.

In addition to the EFD and EPD projects, members of the panel heard a report about street projects planned with sales tax money from a 1998 election.

Those projects include Randolph from 30th to 42nd, Breckinridge Road from 66th to 78th, and 16th from Chestnut to Peach.

The third phase of a project on 54th is planned and will involve 54th to a half mile west.

The third phase of the Garriott widening project, which involves Garriott from Johnson to Jackson, also is planned, as is 10th from Garriott to a half mile south.

Total expenditures during fiscal 2004-05 were $1,142,999.



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