Enterprise City has received approval from City County Insurance Services to replace the fire station and city hall structure destroyed by fire July 10.
This means the 1957 concrete block building can be torn down and a new structure built on the same 1,000 square-foot area.
The city has a replacement limit of $1.3 million on the old building at 108 NE First.
“It’s very early to be discussing what we might do,” said City Administrator Michele Young. “Right now, we’re leaning toward a steel building.”
Senior engineer Bret Moore of Anderson Perry & Associates of La Grande is investigating designs that will suit the city’s needs and will meet with city planning and other city officials in mid December to brainstorm ideas.
One plan is to have the new structure dedicated almost entirely to the fire department with a combined fire hall meeting room and city council chamber. New city hall offices would then be constructed across the street from the fire hall on the empty lot at the corner of North River Street and NW North Street, which the city owns.
A new city hall building would have to be paid for through grants or loans, but Young has made some calls and said she likes the city’s chances of qualifying, given that Enterprise lost its building due to disaster.
In the meantime, city offices will remain at 117 E. Main Street on the main floor of the EM&M building in downtown Enterprise across from the Wallowa County Courthouse. The offices were formerly those of Dr. Rusty Woods.
City council and other city meetings are held at the Abundant Life Assembly of God building 207 E Main Street in Enterprise.
After an investigation by the Fire Marshall, it was determined the fire was caused by a fluorescent light in the city administrator’s office. The hot ballast fell on a seat and the nearby air conditioner fanned the fire quickly.