One million dollars is reserved in the 2018 budget for a new fire station in Minot, but the Minot City Council decided to get the ball rolling a year early for land acquisition.
The council agreed to use cash reserves, set aside for infrastructure, from the second penny sales tax.
The $315-thousand dollar advance would allow the Minot Fire Department to secure land for the city’s 5th fire station.
It would likely be located near the Highway 83 Bypass and 4th Avenue, filling gaps in the northwest Minot service area.
By this time next year the council will be looking at design plans to start construction.
(Kelly Flermoen, Minot Fire Department Chief) “Public safety is a high priority for our citizens and for the community so we’re excited that we get to look at a design next year and move forward.”
The expedited plans will be funded by sales tax cash reserves and will not impact taxes in 2017.
The second reading of the Minot city budget will take place on Monday.