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West Vail fire station costs questioned

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Would a new West Vail fire station really need a $100,000 elevator?

What about a community room?

Councilwoman Margaret Rogers on Tuesday questioned whether designs for the proposed $5.6 million fire station should include those things.

While there are many features that would be nice to have at the fire station, like a pool, for instance, she said she wants to reduce costs.

“I just don’t think we can afford the frill,” she said. “That would be terrific to have but that’s just not what the project is.”

Don Watkins, a principal with Belford-Watkins Group in Fort Collins, said he will come back to the board in a few weeks with ideas for reducing costs. He said he’ll look into whether town codes and federal disability laws require an elevator in the two-story building.

Also, designs show a room for community use like home owners’ association meetings and boyscout troop gatherings. Firefighter training also would take place there. Several council members questioned whether using the space as a community room is necessary.

Watkins said that if the room is not designed for community use, some parking could be eliminated. Also, the town could save money by combining the training room and conference center, reducing the total size of the building, he said.

The fire station would stand off North Frontage road on the former Wendy’s property. Councilman Kevin Foley has said he expects the board to vote on whether to build the fire station this coming fall.

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