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San Luis Obispo County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Measure O-02
Fire Station Upgrade
City of Arroyo Grande

Bond Issue

4535 / 72.4% Yes votes ...... 1726 / 27.6% No votes

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Results as of Nov 20 4:05pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (10/10)
63.7% Voter Turnout (6589/10337)
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Shall the City of Arroyo Grande upgrade and expand the Fire Station located on Traffic Way, including adding sleeping facilities and a training classroom, expanding the apparatus bay, construction of a federally-required safe medical clean-up area and a system to remove vehicle exhaust from the apparatus room, seismic retrofitting to meet current building safety standards, and installation of fire sprinklers, by issuing $1,900,000 in general obligation bonds?

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Your "YES" vote on this measure will provide funding for an expansion to the Arroyo Grande Fire Station. Important facilities are needed to provide fire protection in a safe and effective manner. Therefore, this measure is necessary for the Fire Department to continue providing a high level of service in the most economical way.

The existing station was constructed in 1980. At that time, it served an all-volunteer fire force. Since then, calls have increased by 723%, and the facility now houses a combination of paid and volunteer staff on a 24-hour basis.

As a result, a number of needs now exist that were not considered when the station was built:

  • Because there are no sleeping quarters, evening staff must sleep on portable beds in offices and other rooms.
  • The addition of a medical clean-up area, room to store protective clothing and a system to remove vehicle exhaust from the apparatus room are all needed to comply with federal regulations and to provide a safe working environment.
  • The station does not meet seismic standards and has no fire sprinklers.
  • The apparatus room is unable to house all the Department's equipment.
  • There is insufficient classroom space to provide required training.

The most cost effective approach to address these needs is to add a second floor to the station. It is estimated that the proposed project will cost 50% to 70% less than a comparable new station. The estimated annual cost to property owners is $11.66 per $100,000 assessed value.

The community depends on our firefighters to prevent fires and protect life and property. Now the firefighters are depending on you to provide the basic needs and requirements to do their job. Your City Council strongly urges you to vote "YES" on Measure O-02.

s/ Michael A. Lady s/ Thomas A. Runels, Mayor Mayor Pro Tem

s/ Jim Dickens

s/ Tony M. Ferrara, Council Member Council Member

s/ Sandy Lubin, Council Member


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