USDA State Director and staff
presenting check to RFD #2 and FCCI
for Crawford County RFD Fire Station
Presentation was made at the
Franklin Community Center & Heritage Museum
located one block east of proposed Fire Station
2007August: Photos Taken at Franklin Site for Environmental Study
2008April 6: Fire District Member Discusses Building
April 18: Fire Station Officially Gets Funding
September 13: County Board Nods to New Tanker
October 22: Board Approves Zoning Request for CCFD 2
2009April 3: Industrial Park Cound Add Fire Station
April 22: Fire District Mulling Change in Plans
April 26: RFD No. 2 HOsts Meeting to Explain Plans
April 27: Schook: Fire District Issue Not 'Easy Situation'
April 29: Who Does Linda Grilz Represent Anyway?
May: Paid ad by FCCI
May 16: County Commission Discusses RFD No. 2
May 30: County Creats Building Commission
June 16: Arma Rejects Proposed Changes to FIre District Agreement
June 20: Letter to the Editor: Rural Fire District No. 2
June 23: RFD No. 2, Arma Get Green Light for Station
Facts Regarding the Crawford County RFD #2 Fire Station
Franklin vs. Arma:
Ÿ This is not a Franklin vs. Arma issue. This is a Crawford County issue.
Ÿ Franklin and Arma residents have a long history of working together on many projects which benefit both communities.
Ÿ Over 2 years ago Franklin Community Council, Inc. (FCCI) was approached by the Rural Fire District. FCCI offered to help ensure that a new rural fire station was built in Crawford County and are still willing to work with RFD #2. FCCI helped secure funding with the grant and funding application process. FCCI worked with environmental, legal, USDA and property purchase issues. This was done only after Arma and RFD #2 absolutely could not work together on this project.
Ÿ The location in Franklin was selected when Arma and the Fire District could not reach an agreement.
Ÿ The property in Franklin was not previously for sale and the sale was only secured due to the fact that the fire station would be built there. It was purchased at a discounted price.
Ÿ When the location in Arma was talked about years ago one of their major concerns was the firefighters safety in crossing the by-pass to get to the fire station which at that time was to be located on the west side of the bypass in Arma. The decision to place the fire station on the east side of the bypass in Franklin was considered to be a much safer location.
Ÿ RFD #2 should be representing the best interests of all of Crawford County and not just what is best for Arma or Franklin.
Ÿ The rural fire station is for the residents of Crawford County and not for the convenience of either community.
Ÿ If there were concerns with building in Franklin those concerns should have been addressed prior to obtaining the funding.
Ÿ There are safety issues for the fire fighters and those traveling on 69 Highway. The potential new location in the Arma Industrial Park will force the fire fighters to cross one of the most dangerous intersections in Crawford County with a history of death and injury accidents. These fire fighters will be approaching the intersection with high adrenalin levels in anticipation of reaching the station as quickly as possible. Their main focus will be getting to the fire station and heading to the fire as well as re-entering the intersection to report to the fire.
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