County approves $67,500 loan to Colvill Fire Department

Colvill Assistant Fire Chief Paul McFarlane went before the county board on May 8 asking for a zero interest loan of $67,500 for a 24’ x 42’ addition to the 42’ x 60’ building put up in 1998.  The current space is basically a four-stall garage with space for a desk and storage of turnout gear.  When the department has meetings or trainings, they have to pull one of the trucks out to make space for tables and chairs.
The addition would create a large meeting area sealed off from truck fumes.  A letter from McFarlane to commissioners states, “In light of the fact that the fire departments in the county have all signed the new Automatic Mutual Aid Agreement, there will be more inter-department trainings happening to facilitate that service to the fire districts.”
The addition, to be built on the west side of the current building, would include an 8’ x 16’ office area and an 8’ x 14’ bath/shower room and a kitchenette.  A well and septic system will be installed.
The Colvill Fire Department already owes the county about $44,900 from another loan.  The board authorized an addition of $67,500 to that loan at zero percent interest, payable over the next 15 years.  With this loan, the department will not need to add to the fire levy.
The board unanimously approved the loan.