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Enterprise Fire Station/Library
fire station and library combination approved for City of Enterprise
The City of Enterprise, located about 5 miles southeast of
Abilene in Dickinson County, will use volunteer labor from the community valued
at $168,972 and $253,500 in KAN STEP funding from the Kansas Department of
Commerce (Commerce) to construct a new fire station and library combination.
The 6,600 square foot facility will accommodate a fire station and library, and
will be located in downtown Enterprise. The fire station will include a meeting
room for firefighter training and for community meetings. The new station will
also provide better protection from the elements for equipment and fire trucks.
A new library will be housed above the meeting room, replacing the existing
library, which is not structurally sound.
City Superintendent Paul Froelich will be the lead sparkplug on the project.
This is Enterprise's second KAN STEP project, the prior being improvement to
their water system in 2003.
According to Froelich, Enterprise's present library is housed in a building that
once was part of a building where Carrie Nation smashed a bar. The building has
had extensive termite damage. For its community size, Enterprise has a large
library, nearing 17,000 volumes.
Enterprise's present fire station is housed in a metal
building that has only 3/4 inch of insulation. Last winter the heating bill ran
nearly $1,200 per month. Rodents may come and go as they please and the
firefighters have nowhere to meet or train.
The community is pleased that the new building will incorporate natural lay of
land to accommodate a full basement under the library (which will have the
entrance on Factory Street). The fire station will be to the east side. There
will be a new library with a large meeting/training room in the lower level and
a expanded fire station. All areas of the new building will meet ADA
requirements since each will have a grade level entrance.
Site preparations require the removal of an old warehouse building. That
structure is being re-located to just west of the city's present shop.
Project architect is Rosemann & Associates, Overland Park, KS; grant
administration will be by North Central Kansas Planning Commission. The Kansas
Rural Water Association will provide technical assistance and inspection
KAN STEP is a self-help program that enables small
communities to make major infrastructure improvements. Local people volunteer
labor and services or "sweat equity," while the Kansas Department of Commerce
provides funding for materials and technical services. An acronym for Kansas
Small Towns Environment Program, KAN STEP gives small Kansas communities an
opportunity to do projects they couldn't otherwise afford. The funding is
provided through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.