August 17, 2012
Craig Rural Fire Protection Board President Byron Willems examines a mock drawing of the live fire training tower slated for construction on Industrial Avenue behind Kmart.
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Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire training tower was slated to go vertical this week, but three days of snow has tabled construction.
Audience comment incites surprising answers about fire tower project
Craig’s soon to be delivered five-story training tower once again took center stage Thursday during the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting. During audience comments members of the Craig community were invited to say their peace about the structure and received some surprising answers from board members. Craig resident, and Craig Daily Press contributor, Al Cashion stepped forward first armed with ballot language from the 1.5 mill levy increase that was passed by voters in 2006. “Chris (Nichols) you mentioned earlier that you are setting aside the 1.5 mill levy for capital improvements and that is not on that mill levy vote from 2006,” he said. “You cannot make ‘all such tax revenue to be credited to the district’s general fund for operating expenses, including fire acquisition and maintenance of firefighting equipment’ say capital improvements, which is exactly what the fire tower is. It’s real property.”
Plans to be considered by Craig planning department Monday
A new site plan for Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire simulator is scheduled to go before the Craig planning and zoning department board Monday for approval. The plans, and a mock drawing of the fire training tower, were unveiled Thursday by the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board. Chris Nichols, fire board secretary/treasurer, outlined the highlights of the site package which include plans for drainage, lighting and landscaping that exceed the minimum requirements as defined by city ordinances. “Right off the top of my head we are required to have 10,500 square feet of landscaping,” Nichols said. “We’re submitting almost 15,000.”