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New libraries coming in, FD looking for new building

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ASH FLAT (KAIT) - It has been a little over a year since we told you about a plan to put a library in Ash Flat at the fire station. Unfortunately, the Fire Department is still in the building they plan to put the library in, and now city officials are scrambling to find a building or the funding to build a new fire house.

Like any fire department, Ash Flat has got plenty of stuff crammed into their building. In fact they've got one new truck that won't even fit in their current facility.

"There's no way for us to expand here and we are growing." says Ash Flat Fire Chief Stacy Horton.

The idea to build a new fire station came up a couple of years ago. Then the library plan started to formulate.

Horton, "The mayor decided to go ahead and see if the library might move into this building since we were thinking about moving."

And they do need a new building. The present facility is about 45 Hundred square feet and is about 33 years old. The newest addition to the fire fighting fleet doesn't even have a bay. A new ladder truck purchased a couple of months ago has to be parked in a nearby city garage.

Horton says the library's plans are moving a bit quicker than the fire departments. In fact there are already some donated books at the fire house.

Horton, "They're about ready to go. It won't be long till they are taking bids on the remodel and it's coming on."

The plans have already been drawn up for the new 10 Thousand square foot station which will have drive through bays and also space for the police department which is attached to the end of the current fire station. The station will be built on donated land off Highway 62 behind the Sonic.

Now all they have to do is figure out a way to pay for the building. The new facility will cost around Five to Six Hundred Thousand dollars. Region Eight News learned that the U-S-D-A Rural Development Program says it can finance the project for 30-years. It's contacted Ash Flat city officials and will meet with them soon.

Horton, "One of the things we're looking into is a bond issue. We're going to be talking about that in the next week or so."

Time for getting the new station built will soon become an issue unless you want to put books on the fire trucks.

Horton, "The books are coming, the library is on the way."

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