“After several years of planning and after generous support from our community, the long awaited John Day Fire Station Project is scheduled to proceed” said John Day City Mayor Ron Lundbom.
In May of 2014 the citizens of John Day and the citizens of the John Day Rural Fire Protection District passed a 15 year bond to help support the proceeds needed to construct a new Fire Station that will be located in the City of John Day and serve the surrounding area with much needed emergency service.
In addition to the citizen bond totaling $1,205,000.00, additional proceeds from The Ford Family Foundation totaling $200,000.00, Meyer Memorial Trust Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation in the amount of $200,000.00, Glen and Jean McKenzie Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation in the amount of $20,000.00, Shelk Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation in the amount of $1,000.00 and Trust Management Services, LLC in the amount of $9,170.00 accounted for the additional proceeds needed for the project.
After more than twenty years of planning and collaboration the newly constructed fire station will house the Volunteer Fire personnel and equipment within the city of John Day as well the John Day Rural Fire Protection District. Lundbom went on to say, “we appreciate very much the support of the citizens with this project and it very much increases our ability to effectively deliver quality responsive emergency services to our citizens. By combining the fire station and the community/training room for nonprofit groups at no charge to the public, we have maximized our available resources .”
The construction project is scheduled to begin in September with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., 316 S. Canyon Blvd, John Day. The building will be constructed by Nagelhout Construction Company from Bend and is anticipated that the project should be complete in February 2016.