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Council Votes to Build New Fire Station

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Minot would have a fourth fire station under a plan passed in the Minot City Council tonight.

Commissioners OKd a plan to spend more than three million dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant money, and accept a land donation for the new fire station.

It will be located along 55th Street Southeast - near the site of the FEMA trailer park.

Fire Chief C.J. Craven told council members that he is pushing ahead with the plan outside of the normal budget process in order to assure access to the federal funds, and to improve the response time for the growing southeast portion of Minot.

(C.J. Craven, Minot Fire Chief) "I know the city is faced with all kinds of areas where finances are needed to expand but at the size the city is right now, we're pushing 27 square miles, we should probably have the fourth station up and operating right now in order to meet the needs of all the citizens of Minot."

Council member Dean Frantsvog said he supported the chief in his comments, but asked council members to reject the plan for now until the issue could be brought up in budget discussions in the summer.

(Dean Frantsvog, Minot Council Member) "I just want to go through the budget process. During the budget process we'll have a new council, a new mayor, a new city manager. We've got a lot of expenditures we're talking about this year and I want to see this go through the budget process."

In the end, the motion passed with only Frantsvog dissenting.

The plan calls for a new fire station to be open within about one year.

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