Missouri Valley firefighters have dreams of a new headquarters, but are being asked to scale down plans to make it affordable.
It’s a scene no homeowner or neighbor wants to see. An explosion completely destroyed a house in Missouri Valley back in October.
Neighbor Marilyn Axtel said, "It was really, really scary and when I came down the lane I saw the fire going so high I thought maybe the trees were going to fall."
Luckily no one lived there, but it’s a reminder of the importance of firefighters and the need to respond to calls quickly. That’s why Missouri Valley City Clerk Administrator Rita Miller says plans are in the works to build a new fire station for their volunteer firefighters.
"Really we need the space for the vehicles, the space for the training facilities, we need the access for public education,” said Miller. Due to the limited space the fire department has to keep some things in storage outside of the building.
The first plan was to build a separate fire station and renovate city hall which also needed some work, but that would have cost $4 million, so now a new less expensive plan is in the works. “We're still in the stages of looking at what we can cut back on and what we really need. What's going to work out best for the community,” said Miller.
They’ve already purchased some land to the east of town and right now they’re planning on building a combined city hall and new fire station on it. The estimated cost is $1.5 million. They’re hoping this will be the answer they’ve been looking for.
They’re hoping to get grants and donations to help with the cost. The plans haven’t been finalized at this point, but they do hope to have the land cleared by this summer.