CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money, the city of Cape Coral is talking about spending $250,000 to build a garage for a fire truck. Right now, the fire truck is sitting in the driveway of a make-shift fire station on Gator Circle in the northeast Cape.
The name says Fire Station 10. But a survey shows this facility would not qualify as a "station" because there's no bay for the truck.
The fire department is anticipating an insurance services office review at any time. Documents show the engine would need to be housed in a new bay which would cost $250,000, for the city to receive credit for a rating that it claims will keep homeowner's rates down.
Neighbor Andrew Chehardy says he's happy with the service he receives right now, and isn't on board with a new bay. "I really believe we ought to be a little more considerate of what this is going to do to our taxes," he said.
Documents obtained by WINK News say if the bay is not approved, homeowners will face longer response times, a decreased level of service, and likely insurance increases: something Chehardy is also skeptical about. "My premium is not affected by their facility. Unless it's inadequate," he said.
"$250,000 for another fire house? I don't think so. We're paying a lot of taxes now as it is. Everything is going up," said resident Bill Trapp.
The fire department says the truck needs to be protected from the weather, and argues if it's parking in a bay, the drugs and equipment would be secure.
If the bay is not approved, some options are to keep the facility the way it is, or perhaps, move the engine and crew to a different station.
UPDATE: 6:15PM - City Council approves bay for fire truck. The city now needs to look for the lowest bidder for the construction project. The bay will be built right next to the fire station.