With the failure of the November 2011 bond levy ballot issue for a new north-end fire station, the Board of Fire Commissioners and District Staff asked for community volunteers and then convened a Citizen Advisory Task Force (CATF) to review options and solicit advice regarding service delivery in the District’s north-end. The purpose of the Task Force was to “review alternative choices and options regarding the provision of response services to Johnson Point and Marvin Road areas and to seek input and recommendations regarding a preferred solution.”
Desired outcomes for the process were: CATF members will have a good understanding of business options available to the District and the financial and service impacts on the community. CATF members will gain consensus as to the preferred option/strategy for Johnson Point and Marvin Road response service provision.
Thirty-eight citizens and three District volunteers agreed to serve on the task force. Four workshops were held on April 10th, 17th, 24th and June 5th. As a result of the workshops, there was super majority support for eventually constructing a new fire station on the site at 78th Avenue, with timing the project to a more favorable economic environment. After reviewing the significant costs to staff three stations and costs to upgrade the two sub-stations, the Task Force decision was made. After placing the new fire station in service, the two existing sub-stations (Johnson Point Road and Marvin Road) would both be closed, surplused and sold. A minority opinion held that the District continue to operate from the South Bay Road fire station only. Another minority opinion was that one or both current sub-stations could be modified to house on-duty responders.