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Friday, December 17, 2010

RRU: Budget or not new Glen Oaks fire station coming online

TEMECULA: New fire station coming to Wine Country

By JOHN F. HILL
The Press-Enterprise
Construction will begin soon on a new fire station in Temecula Wine Country despite a proposal to close several stations in unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

The new Glen Oaks station will replace the two small trailers being used as a temporary station that opened in 2008. Three firefighters, including at least one paramedic, are stationed there 24 hours a day, said Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Capt. Rich Gonzalez.

Station 96, as it is known, is among the rolling hills east of Temecula.

The project comes at a time when Fire Chief John Hawkins has proposed shutting down other stations in unincorporated parts of the county to close a $4.3 million budget gap. County supervisors balked at that option last week, delaying a vote on the plan for 30 days while they consider other ways to save money.

The new station will be built for $4.7 million, according to the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. The county will use development impact fees -- the money contractors must pay the government to offset the public costs of their projects -- to pay for the construction.
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