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(Neb)-New Crawford Fire Hall Should Open By End Of Nov  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/05/2017 01:26 PM
CRAWFORD - From Highway 20, it looks as if the new Crawford Fire Hall is finished and ready to be put into service, but it's not; it still lacks sewer and water.

    The Fire Hall is owned by the Crawford Rural Fire Protection District but the city is handing the contract for infrastructure and Mayor Dave Nixon says sewer and water line work is scheduled to begin today, on track for a late Nov opening.

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The new Fire Hall is funded primarily through a  40-year, $1.6-million dollar, 2.875% loan from USDA Rural Development.

    The old fire hall was owned by the city, but began failing structurally as it was being outgrown by the fire department.

       Crawford and the fire district worked out an agreement in Oct 2015 that had the city swapping the new site, a little over 3-acres of land along Highway 20,  to the fire district for a smaller parcel of fire district land near the entrance to the Crawford City Park.

     Part of the site needed to be raised slightly for drainage reasons, but the dirt for that came from construction of the new Dollar General store, whose site needed to have dirt removed

      The land swap deal also included a 3-year contract setting the city's annual financial support for the fire department at $81,000 with a 3% increase for inflation the final two years.


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