It finally happened.
With a unanimous vote by the Commerce City Council Monday night, there is a contract among the city, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and the East Jackson Fire District that will improve fire coverage — and fire insurance rates — in much of the East Jackson Fire District.
The vote clears the way for the city to build a fire station off Hwy. 334. The 10-year agreement calls for the city and the fire board to establish a budget each January. The initial millage rate is 1.6 mills.
City manager Pete Pyrzenski told the council that he’s signed a lease on the property donated for the fire station.
“We will work on the RFP (request for proposals) and the chief and I will talk to see how we can get it out for construction as fast as we can,” he said.
The construction of the new fire station is expected to bring everyone in the fire district within a five-mile radius of a fire station. That threshold makes a significant difference in rates charged for fire insurance.