Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue Station 69 on 444 South Huey Avenue is going to get some help to provide service to the north side of the Anclote River when a temporary station opens on Oct. 1.
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs City Commission approved the construction bid for a temporary fire rescue station with a unanimous vote at the June 3 City Commission meeting.
The new station, which Fire Chief Richard Butcher said could serve for “a couple of years or whatever we need,” will allow the department to better serve the north side of the Anclote River, which has long been a problem for the fire rescue department.
“We’re going to knock down one of the few places in the county where the response time is not up to standards,” said City Manager Mark LeCouris.
The contract includes one building to be used by fire rescue personnel for living quarters and another to house the fire truck, as well as a driveway, internal walkways and lighting. Plans call for construction to be finished by Sept. 1 and the station to open on Oct. 1, giving the department a month to install and set up all computers and 911 systems.
Once the station is running, Butcher said they would begin planning for a permanent facility.
The buildings built for the temporary station will be sold or reused by the city after they are no longer needed by Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue.
Tarpon Springs-based Stamper Construction Co. won the contract with a bid of $230,340 (including a contingency of $20,940 for any unforeseen work), beating out two higher bids from Wharton-Smith Inc. in Sanford and Tagarelli Construction Inc. in Tarpon Springs. Stamper Construction’s bid was chosen because of the low cost and the city’s desire to use a local company.