Commission OKs purchase of land for fire station |

Commission OKs purchase of land for fire station

Michael Schneider

The Douglas County board of commissioners voted unanimously to approve $35,000 of East Fork Fire District construction reserve funds for the purchase of two and one half acres of land from the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District.

The item appeared on the Feb. 5 GRGID agenda at a meeting attended by county commissioners Steve Weissinger and Jacques Etchegoyhen as well as Fire Chief Jim Reinhardt. After some discussion between GRGID trustees and the county representatives, the GRGID board voted to sell the land, sold to them by Bently Nevada Corp., to the county at cost.

In order for the sale to be final, the county commissioners had to approve the acquisition as a regularly agendized item.

Reinhardt said, at the GRGID meeting, that the county plans to build a more centrally located emergency services station. The property is located at Patricia and Tillman Lanes.

“Our goal is to get the land, build a station and get a paramedic station in it,” said Reinhardt.

At Thursday’s commission meeting, Reinhardt said the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is considering entering into a partnership with the East Fork department concerning the new building.

“They don’t think Gorman’s will last forever,” said Reinhardt of the DCSOs substation in the Ranchos.

“I did attend the GRGID meeting,” said Weissinger. “It looked like an excellent proposal.”

The commission voted unanimously to approve the acquisition.