Timnath council approves temporary facility for Poudre Firefighters

With construction of the new firehouse expected to begin within the next year, Poudre Fire Authority firefighters will remain in temporary facilities provided by the Town of Timnath. This decision to pay $330,000 of the Accumulated District Increment to the Fire District was made at the June 24 town council meeting.

The money comes from the Timnath Development Advisory and is managed in an escrow account that was established in 2007 when the TDA entered into an agreement with the fire district and authority to plan for the new firehouse. The temporary facility is designed to address the volume of calls and need for emergency facilities following the growth of the town over the last few years, said Town Manager April Getchius.

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The vote amends the inter-governmental agreement between the Town of Timnath, Timnath Development Authority, Poudre Valley Fire Protection District and Poudre Fire Authority. It outlines payment details for the Lot 8 fire station in the Riverbend subdivision. It also approves a disbursement of $147,000 from the town’s general fund to cover the increased cost of construction, personnel, land and operational expenses, said Getchius.

The 16,000-square-foot fire station will be staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It will have ambulance quarters and be located nearly a quarter mile south of Harmony Road.

“Good news, we’ll have additional fire resources sooner rather than later,” said Councilmember Paul Steinway.

Also, a public hearing for the ordinance disposing of real property interest is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, in the town’s administration building at 400 Goodman St. The ordinance removes the town’s interest in property, including areas between lots 2,3,7,8 and 9, said Town Planner Matt Blakely.

Of particular interest is County Road 3F between Harmony Road and the McBride Property in the Riverbend subdivision, which will undergo some changes to become an emergency access point. The changes will be in place by July and will only allow for northbound traffic.

A public hearing for the ordinance approving the Wildwing quit claim deed will be Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building. The town plans to relinquish ownership of subdivision tracts and transfer them to WildWing, keeping it in step with other subdivisions in the town, said Blakely.