Public can learn about fire station


The city will host an informational meeting about the Flandreau fire station on July 13.
The session will start at 5 p.m. at the William J. Janklow Community Center. The meeting will include drawings of the planned fire station, information from fire chief Don Peters and options for financing for what is expected to be about a $2.75 million project.
The city has purchased land south of the Moody County Courthouse for $170,000 as a location to build the new station. The fire department is out of room and has equipment that is too large for its current building. It has to store some equipment off site.
The new station would have seven bays, including a couple of pull-trough bays. The city has the option to cut the display bay proposed for the department’s 1925 LaFrance truck, which is stored on Second Avenue next to the Crystal Theatre.
The new fire station is expected to serve the city and its surrounding area partners at least 50 years, city administrator Jeff Pederson has said. The Flandreau Volunteer Fire Department serves the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, the Flandreau Indian School, Moody County and the community of Egan.
The city council has not voted to approve the plan nor authorized it to go to bid, yet, but has talked about possible ways to pay for the fire station. The city doesn’t qualify for a Community Development Block Grant, as originally hoped.
Available sources for paying for the project are $365,000 in Cares Act money, $250,000 in electric utility rebates and lawsuit money, $150,000 in the possible sale of the existing fire station and $450,000 on hand in the capital improvement account.
Because the city councilors may not want to drain those accounts, Pederson also has talked to the council members about a sales tax bond, a property tax bond, a long-term rural development loan, contributions and a fee increase from the other governments within the area the department covers.

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