NGage to Consider Resolution on New Fire Station, Sales Tax

BEATRICE – The Gage Area Growth Enterprise Board plans to consider a resolution taking a position on the proposed half-cent local sales tax ballot question, which if approved, would fund a new Beatrice Fire and Rescue Department.

The NGage Board Thursday authorized its executive director to put together the resolution.

The current fire department has been located in the Beatrice Municipal Auditorium, since 1965.  If the tax and project is approved, City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the auditorium space could be converted to other uses.

:37                  “along those lines”

A new fire station would solve a problem of cramped space for fire and rescue vehicles, now stacked as many as three vehicles deep in some of the department bays.   A new station, depending on location and design, could also improve response times to fires or rescue emergencies.  Currently, fire vehicles must travel the wrong-way on a one-way street heading to east parts of the city.

Mayor Stan Wirth says the new station could also improve the work environment for firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.

:21                  “best conducive atmosphere”

NGage Board Member Matt Morrissey says he saw first hand during a tour of the department, what fire and rescue officials are dealing with, now.

:16                  “helluva good job”

Next Wednesday at seven p.m., a public open house is being put on by a consulting firm and the City of Beatrice at the fire department, to allow citizens to examine the project plans and concept, as well as ask questions about the proposal.   That open house will be at Beatrice Fire and Rescue, lower level of the city auditorium.

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