WHAT: The estimated cost to build a new fire/EMS station to replace Newton’s current Fire/EMS Station No. 1. The project is part of Newton’s comprehensive capital improvement program, a plan that includes details and estimated costs for proposed projects such as streets and parks.
WHERE: The current Fire/EMS Station No. 1 is at 1015 W. Broadway.
WHEN: The project does not have a specific start date, but the project is included in the city’s goals for the future.
WHY: The city’s capital plan states according to a study by McGrath Consulting Group, Station No. 1 is “inadequate for modern day fire/EMS protection.” The current station was built to serve projected commercial growth in the area, but now the city actually is experiencing development to the south. The report states Station No. 1 is too small and in a poor strategic location: too far away from downtown and the northern portion of the city.
HOW: The city would like to move the station to a new location that would enable it to better serve North Newton and the growing Bethel College and Kidron Bethel retirement center populations.
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