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New fire department plans snuffed out - for now - due to lack of funds

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Plans were unveiled in December for a proposed fire-police station for Alta which would also include a fitness center for the community to community to use free of charge.

It was an exciting endeavor and fired everyone up but the plans have been snuffed out, for the time being, due to lack of funds, it was reported at the the city council meeting Monday by fire chief Gary Molgaard. He is not giving up on the plan but hopes that the price of the estimated $1.7 million can be trimmed.

"We don't have near that kind of money," Molgaard said. He added that an anonymous donor was going to make a large donation to the project, through that number was never disclosed, and at the last minute pulled out all together.

"This was going to be a nice building and we perceived being there a long time., but unless someone jumps out of the woodwork with a whole bunch of money we're at a standstill. I'm not giving up."

For four years, the fire department owned the old creamery, which was hoped to be refurbished for a larger structure. The firefighters discovered that the costs to refurbish were more than could be afforded.

At Monday's meeting, Molgaard said that a buyer was found for the creamery lot; the council approved the sale. Bunjes Lawn Service will pay $12,000 for the building and lot.

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