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Letter: Pendleton fire station too big for a small town

Published on May 9, 2017 3:59PM

I grew up in Pendleton but now live in Boise, Idaho. Boise recently passed a $17 million fire station bond that will build three new fire stations; remodel a fourth and also build a training facility on 17 acres. The detailed specifications and master plan can be found on the city website.

I found information on Pendleton’s city website, but there are no specifications, no details or drawings of the project. It would be interesting to get similar information from Pendleton and lay them down side to side to compare what you are getting for your money.

Boise is a fast growing community that has high rise buildings, warehouses, various manufacturing facilities, multi-level residential condominiums and a wide assortment of diverse structures that our firefighters need to have a facility to train for.

Boise also has a population of about 225,000, so the $17 million dollar bond is at a cost approximately $76 per person. Pendleton has a population of about 16,000, so the $10 million projection would cost around $625 per man, woman and child.

Again, for our money, we are getting four new or remodeled stations and training center. I have no doubt Pendleton needs to update their fire facilities, but it appears you are paying for a Mercedes on a Ford pickup truck budget.

Kelly Temple



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