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Truckee fire district aims to buy land from town for new station

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckeeand#8217;s fire district is ready to purchase a piece of property that would make it, the town and the U.S. Forest Service neighbors.

The $1,232,152 purchase of about three acres from the Town of Truckee was approved by the Truckee Fire Protection District Board Tuesday, and goes to town council Thursday evening. The lot is part of 75 acres between Donner Pass Road, Glenshire Drive and Interstate 80.

and#8220;This will secure the property for the district to in subsequent years construct a new fire station to serve the growing community,and#8221; said Chief Bryce Keller.

The district doesnand#8217;t have immediate plans to build a new station and#8212; that will be driven by the growth of the town and#8212; but Keller said this is a great opportunity to get the land squared away.

and#8220;For the fire department, the town and the forest service, this is a win win win deal,and#8221; Keller said.

The townand#8217;s plans for its 20 acres of the property are to move the corporation yard and#8212; which stores heavy road maintenance equipment like snowplows and#8212; from its current location behind the Martis Valley Estates neighborhood, said Director of Public Works and Engineering Dan Wilkins.

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The first phase of that project is already under way with a contract with Reeve Knight for about $11 million, with a goal to have a sand and salt barn, vehicle repair shop, new office space and locker rooms ready by summer 2011, Wilkins said.

After that, future phases could include Truckee Police evidence storage, garages, and a new animal shelter, to by built in conjunction with the Humane Society of Truckee.

The U.S. Forest Service already its their new fire station up and running on the property, said Joanne Roubique, district ranger for the Truckee Ranger District, and should be moving into its new ranger station on the property within a month.

and#8220;The office is almost complete,and#8221; Roubique said. and#8220;We had thought we could move in early, but we wanted to take the time to get everything right.and#8221;

As the first of the three public agencies to own the property, the forest service was responsible for cleaning up the soil and#8212; contaminated by a town dump dating back to the late 1800s.