Beatrice–The Beatrice Fire and Rescue Department held an open house Wednesday night to give the public the opportunity to tour the facilities and discuss the special sales tax that will be on the ballot this November.
Fire Chief Brian Daake says an open house gives patrons a chance to see the current home of the fire department located in the bottom of the city auditorium…..
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Voters in November will decide whether or not to increase the city sales tax from one and a half percent to two percent to help fund the construction of a new facility. The auditorium has been home to the fire department since 1965, however over the years the department has outgrown the space.
Marvin Larson, an architect for JEO Architects in Lincoln, says the new design brings all the administrative offices closer together and provides individual rooms in the living quarters. Larson says the equipment bay will provide adequate space for the fire trucks and ambulance vehicles…
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Larson says JEO has designed other fire stations in the Midwest. He says the Beatrice design was made after hearing the needs and concerns from department officials in regards to the current building…
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Chief Daake says patrons don’t need to wait for an open house to see the present building.
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Daake says additional open houses are planned over the next few week to give area residents the opportunity to understand the need for a larger building for the fire and rescue department…
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Those attending the open house had the opportunity to look at drawings and floor plans for a new facility.