The city failed to secure federal stimulus funds for a hoped-for renovation of one of Hesperia's oldest fire stations. However, with talk of a new round of stimulus spending, the city council on Tuesday will make sure the project maintains "shovel-ready" status.
Fire Station 301, located near Main Street and 11th Avenue, is strategically located, but is "wholly inadequate to meet the needs of emergency personnel and their equipment," a report by city staff reads in part. An ad hoc committee identified rebuilding the station as a top priority for the city as far back as 2005.
The city submitted a grant application for federal stimulus funds in 2009 but failed to secure any of the $210 million Assistance to Firefighters grants distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Pres. Barack Obama has spoken about a new round of federal stimulus funds, and Hesperia officials are hoping Station 301 will be looked on more favorably the second time around.
On Tuesday, the Hesperia City Council will vote on having WLC Architects — which designed a new Station 301 in 2006 — update the plans, bringing them up to date with new state building code changes, and keep the project's "shovel-ready" status; in other words, ready to go, once money becomes available.
WLC has told the city the update will cost $52,417 and city staff is recommending an additional $3,000 contingency fund be made available for any other expenses that arise.
The funding is up for a vote during the next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.
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