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KLCC News will be covering many aspects of the May 2014 Primary Election. Visit this page for all election related stories.

Bond Would Buy New Fire Station in Harrisburg

Harrisburg Fire Dept.

Voters in Harrisburg are considering a 20-year bond to raise $ 4.2 million for a new fire station. The measure would cost the average home-owner 88 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value annually.
The current fire station was built 50 years ago. The 75-hundred square foot building has only one bathroom and no live-in quarters. Harrisburg FireChief John Goucher says there's not enough space for equipment to be stored inside.

Goucher: "It's just too small. It's on a very small lot. There's no room on the lot to do training or anything. That's the old station. The new station, if the bond passes, would be 16,500 feet, so it would be over double the size. It would allow us room for all of our apparatus to be inside and leave us a space for expansion in the future."

The new station would include live-in quarters for volunteer firefighters to allow for faster response to emergency calls. The new building would also have a community room which could serve as a "safe haven" in the event of a disaster. This is the third try to get voters to approve funds for new fire station in Harrisburg. Election Day is May 20th.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.