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Ripon’s new $1.8M fire station on schedule

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Construction workers from CT Brayton & Sons of Escalon work on the new Ripon Consolidated Fire Station being built at River Road and West Ripon Road.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED July 15, 2014 1:59 a.m.

Station No. 3 of the Ripon Consolidated Fire District is two months away from completion.

Fire Chief Dennis Bitters said Monday that construction on the $1.8 million project located on the northeast area of Ripon appears not only to be on schedule but slightly under budget.

Station No. 3 was made possible by the old Redevelopment Agency money ($1.3 million) – reserve funds and other sources should help foot the bill for the balance, according to Bitters – is scheduled for completion in September.

Not too long ago, the Ripon City Council granted fee waivers to the fire district for the station at 1705 N. Ripon Road to help save on cost. Bitters called it “an infrastructure rather than growth project for the city.”

Once completed, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Station No. 3 is planned for October.

“We’re excited about it,” he said. “It’s a nice looking (fire) station.

“It’s also well designed with amenities and built to last.”

The 6,000-square-foot facility is within close proximity of the Mistlin Sports Complex – home to Fourth of July fireworks and the Color the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival on Labor Day weekend as well as a plethora of sports events and activities – and Jack Tone Road interchange.

“That’s where the development in Ripon is happening,” said Bitters, who is estimating a 40 percent improvement on response time to the area.

Furthermore, he added that Station No. 3 makes sense with plans in the works for Cornerstone II consisting of more homes coupled with an apartment complex and other projects.

“The residents are gracious to have the fire station here,” he said.

Staffing is a different story. Bitters indicated that his existing staff will accommodate the new fire station consisting of living quarters, apparatus bays, and a meeting room. “As far as we know there’s no new funding available right now to add staffing,” he said.

Station No. 3, in addition, has space equipped for a police substation.

Staffing for police may eventually be in the cards but for now Bitters and others see officers stopping by on occasions to use the space for filling out reports.

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