If things go according to plan, the long-awaited new fire hall for the city of Wallowa will be up and functional by mid-November. Terry Jones of general contractor Larry Jones Excavating says the foundation is in place and the steel building, being purchased from Sun Buildings of Sunnyside, Wash., is scheduled to arrive in mid October. Jones says it will take one month to construct the building once it arrives.
The design for the building calls for five fire engine bays facing to the east and one ambulance door facing to the west. The building will be a light sandstone color with brick red roof and trim.
Much of the interior will be left unfinished until the city can budget more dollars for additional work. Terry Jones said that the $205,000 building will include one finished bathroom and one interior wall. The space for new city offices will not be developed until a later date.
One major benefit for the new fire hall is that it will be large enough to accommodate the city's new fire engine which has only been used for parades since it was purchased two years ago. It was determined that without adequate storage the hoses and fittings would freeze up in Wallowa County winters.
Subcontractors on the project include South Fork Ready Mix for the supply of concrete, concrete finishing by Casey Lyons of Bend, Enterprise Electric, Miller Plumbing of Enterprise, Thews Sheet Metal of Pendleton working on propane heating and Jess Savage Doors of Wallowa.