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March 4, 2014

City Council settles on site for new fire station

Discussion continues on site for police station

Eric Swanson Staff Writer adanewsreporter@cableone.net
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Ada — The Ada City Council has settled on a site for a new fire station but is backing away from its previous choice for a new police station and 911 communications facility.

Following a closed session Monday to discuss land acquisition, the council reaffirmed its interest in building the fire station at 14th and Broadway. However, the council abandoned the site at East Central Boulevard and Cradduck Road in favor of a location on 13th Avenue between Stockton and Townsend, south of City Hall.

Both decisions hinge on the city’s ability to acquire the property.

Officials had discovered several problems with the Cradduck site, including a creek that runs through the property, said Councilman Darrell Nemecek. He said other factors, including the cost of acquiring the property, also played a role in the council’s decision to move forward with the site south of City Hall.

“Looking at that and the numbers that we have, we feel like that would be a better suit for that,” he said. “The funding that we would have to use for the site overall at Cradduck, use those funds to go ahead and build us a station that would last a lot longer. We would be able to use those funds for that.”

The decision is the latest development in the city’s search for suitable sites for the police and fire stations, which will be financed by part of the proceeds from the Penny for Our City sales tax. The police station would include space for a 911 communications department, also financed with sales tax dollars.

The Community Advisory Board, which oversees the  Penny for Our City projects, has recommended building the new fire station on the southeast corner of 14th and Broadway. That site is currently home to Gateway Church.

The CAB recommended building the police station on the southeast corner of East Central and Cradduck. Other suggestions included building the fire station at Sixth and Townsend or putting the police and fire stations at 14th and Townsend.

Ada firefighters urged the council Monday to consider the views of firefighters and police officers in choosing sites for the new facilities.

“You have before you a long-term investment that will impact Ada for many decades,” said firefighter Danny Manuel. “Please take this opportunity and do what is best for all of us now and future generations by choosing the best location of 14th and Broadway for our new central fire station.”

Assistant Fire Chief Ricky Ross said the 14th and Broadway site was the best choice because streets in that area are wider and can accommodate large fire trucks.

“Our preference of the property at 14th and Broadway is based solely upon our ability to continue providing the best possible service to the citizens in the safest manner possible,” he said.

In other business, the city council:

• Approved a request to rezone a parcel of land on the northwest corner of Stadium Drive and East Central Boulevard from a one-family district to an office commercial district to accommodate an office complex. A second tract on the same site was rezoned from a one-family district to a multi-family district for a housing project.

The council originally approved a rezoning request for the property in April 2012, but neighbors voiced concerns about the prospect of widening East Central to accommodate additional traffic in the area, said City Manager Cody Holcomb. He said the property owner was willing to provide easements to widen the street to comply with city regulations.

“The council approved the applicant’s request to rezone the property, but the property has since reverted back to the original R-1 one-family because it is a planned use development, and the proposed development did not take place within the one-year time frame,” Holcomb said.

• Approved a site plan for a proposed Aldi’s Grocery Store, to be located at 1320 Lonnie Abbot Industrial Blvd.

• Delayed a decision on a proposed contract with the Ardmore-based firm Kornhaas Construction to build a new terminal building at Ada Municipal Airport.

The council will consider the $1.07 million contract at the April 7 meeting.



Reach Eric Swanson at adanewsreporter@cableone.net.