County ponders new fire station

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Rural Fire Department is on its way to adding another fire station in the rural parts of the county.

The new station is being created to serve areas north of the city previously served by the Tatarrax substation prior to that area’s annexation into the city a few years ago. The new station will be situated at the corner of Tuttle Cove Road and Highway 13.

The land is being leased from the Corps of Engineers and will include a brand new access road, a fire station and potentially room for Riley County EMS. Emergency Management director Pat Collins said he is still in conversations with EMS director Larry Couchman about the facility and whether EMS would want to put an ambulance there to reach the rural areas more quickly.

Commissioners Thursday seemed hesitant to agree to the lease outright because Collins did not attach it with his notes about the new station. He and the commission agreed to meet again with the lease prior to commissioners giving the formal go-ahead. 

Also Thursday, commissioners unanimously approved an additional position for the Riley County Health Department’s Raising Riley Right program. The action will bring the Health Department to full staff.

Health Department director Brenda Nickel requested the position Thursday, saying its addition would not cost the county more money because of additional grant monies that the department already had. The position would continue into 2014 and the same thing would occur; the projected grant money would help cover the position for the year.

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