For the second time this year, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a contract that will pave the way for the construction of a new fire service.
But this time Commissioner Tom Crow signed the document.
An amended version of the original agreement — which the BOC approved 3-1 but which Crow refused to sign — had previously been presented to the BOC for consideration, but it was tabled at several meetings in the past few months. On Monday night, the BOC approved the agreement with no further discussion.
The contract calls for the construction of a fire station in the East Jackson district to be funded by Commerce with fire district tax millage paid by those living in the East Jackson Fire District. The proposed millage rate will be 1.6 mills.
That move is projected to save thousands of dollars in fire insurance premiums for residents of the district who are currently more than five miles from the Commerce fire station.
The contract also calls for Commerce to provide at least one fire pumper, one tanker and one service company at all structure fires.
“We will provide the same services that we do for the city of Commerce to the East Jackson Fire District,” Pyrzenski said.
Construction of a two-bay fire station on Hwy. 334 could begin this fall and be completed in early winter.
The next steps will be for the East Jackson Fire Board and the Commerce City Council to approve the new versions of the contract.