"We'll pay cash for what we can," said City Manager
Schwieterman acknowledged that may take time. The city will seek bids on two of four new fire stations beginning next month. But by the time the project is complete -- the last station likely won't be built until 2017 -- roughly
In 2012, city council gave officials the ability to use the EMS fund to repay the general fund. That funding source, which accumulates revenue from transport services provided by the fire department, generates about
"It could take well over a decade," Schwieterman said of repayment.
The new stations are part of a restructuring approved by council that would reduce the number of stations from seven to four, all of which will be new.
Schwieterman said officials originally estimated that the stations would cost between
A station on
In total, Schwieterman said the overall project will cost roughly
"It's confusing," he said after attending a council meeting Tuesday night, "and disappointing."
"As a business owner, I could not stay in business long if I didn't have some pretty clear projections about how much projects were going to cost," she said.
Schwieterman defended the city's approach.
"I don't believe we were misleading anybody," he said. "We have made changes to ensure the response time coverage to our residents."
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