The new city hall and fire hall in Enterprise might not be bigger than previous digs, but they will be a significant upgrade.
City council members poured over the new plans for a $2.2 million pre-fabricated steel building submitted by City Engineer Brett Moore of Anderson Perry Associates at the Feb. 15 meeting and quickly approved moving forward.
The fire hall, which will measure 128x90- feet, will feature seven fire truck bays along East North Street. The fire hall previously had two bays and a door entrance on the short end of the hall on SE First Street.
The fire hall interior will include a kitchen, training room, numerous storage rooms and an office in addition to the indoor truck parking area and hose tower.
The old building was considered two-story, though the second story was only partial and not fully utilized. The square footage of that area was added to the footprint of the new one-story building.
Visitors will gain access to city hall from East North Street. Visitors will enter through double doors into a foyer and may then approach the front desk or visit one of the adjacent ADA restrooms.
Behind the front desk, city staff will have three private offices, a kitchen, mapping center and work center, public meeting room and storage areas.
Council members did not have a private area in which to adjourn for executive session in the past. Those attending the meeting were asked to leave the room.
Parking will be in front of both halls on East North Street, on the side on SE First Street and in a parking lot on the west side of the building.
City Engineer Brett Moore said that conferences with the insurance adjuster are going well and “we’re hurrying to get everything in order to get this built by the end of the year.”
Other recent council actions included a discussion of Emergency Services Manager Paul Karvoski’s suggestion to have Grady Rawls’ Living Sky Productions follow the entire teardown and rebuild of the city hall and fire hall to preserve it for posterity. Rawls, whose business office is on Main Street in Enterprise, had written a rough proposal for two films, high-end photography and “many extras” for the council to consider, with a total cost of $5,000 (plus any special travel expenses out of the county when such applied).
Although the idea was overwhelmingly declared “neat” by the council, the cost was significant enough that it was tabled to investigate details and financing options.
Council members also “conditionally approved” accepting Enterprise Electric’s bid for installation of 40 light bases, three lightning and surge protectors, and some asphalt and gravel restoration at the Enterprise Airport.
Because there was no electrical drawing and detailed specs, Enterprise Electric had done their own investigation and provided a description of their electrical design. Reckoning there might be adjustments as they progressed, council members accepted the bid with the added the condition that the final cost would not exceed $133,999, a dollar short of the $134,000 budget)=.
The council also heard an impromptu presentation by Enterprise residents Christopher Lestenkof and Malia Melody promoting the installation of a year-round greenhouse garden in Enterprise to be managed by a nonprofit they would create and utilized as a community garden.
Other outdoor plants, such as berries, would also be planted. Part of the greenhouse would also house a market garden that would produce vegetables to be sold at near cost or donated to community food banks.
The duo hoped to apply for an Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Transformation Community Benefit Initiative Grant, recruit partners and community volunteer support, seek building material donations and lease unused city lands for the location.
Long-term goals included developing and presenting low-price classes and workshops on gardening.
Development of the idea is in early stages, but Lestenkof and Melody had a brief description of their plans.
The council advised the pair that they looked forward to a formal presentation at a later date so that they could fully examine the idea, consult with planning and legal staff and see if the city would wish to be involved.