Craig Rural Fire Protection District completes election |

Craig Rural Fire Protection District completes election

Patrick Kelly
Craig residents Nancey and Walter Bohrer cast their votes in the Craig Rural Fire Protection District election.
Patrick Kelly

The composition of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board will remain the same after Tuesday’s election.

Incumbents Rod Kowach and Alan Webber retained their seats while Byron Willems failed to make it onto the board

Board President John Forgay said he was “absolutely” confident in the two elected individuals’ ability and commitment to serving the district and in turn the community.

“It’s part of a chemistry. I think we have a good board and the firefighters understand we’re there to support them,” he said.

Kowach received 144 votes and Webber came in at 143. Willems received 17 votes.

The board consists of five individuals headed up by Forgay. Along with Kowach and Webber, Chris Nichols serves as treasurer and Tony Maneotis sits on the board as well.

Forgay explained that the board’s primary obligation is to manage finances for Craig Fire/Rescue and support the firefighters.

“We try not micromanage things as far as department operations go — that’s up to the chief and they absolutely do an excellent job at that,” he said.

Forgay thanked the elected board members and all of the men and women who volunteer for Craig Fire/Rescue.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for them,” he said.

Currently, the district is working on the completion of a new storage facility at 1050 Industrial Ave., next to Craig Fire/Rescue’s training tower.

Duran & Pearce Contractors is now laying the foundation on $1.27 million project that will provide the district with additional storage for vehicles and equipment.

Three contractors returned completed bid packets and the district chose Duran & Pearce because it is a local business that had a competitive bid.

The facility will include four truck bays, a storage room and two restrooms.

The new building is 90 percent storage space and will help open up the cramped station on Yampa.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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