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Date of Issue: June 24, 2009

Firm selected for WMFR facilities study

West Manatee Fire Rescue District commissioners, meeting June 18, selected Totems Architect, Planning and Design of Sarasota to conduct a study of district needs and design of new facilities.

The company was one of four short-listed by the WMFR facilities committee and presented to the board, but was the committee’s No. 1 recommendation.

WMFR Chief Andy Price has until July 10 to negotiate a contract with Totems.

Some of the goals of updating the WMFR facilities are to get all administration in the same location and have the district meet the long-term needs of the people it serves, Price has said.

Funding for the project will come from $210 million in federal stimulus dollars earmarked for fire service facilities.

In other WMFR district news, the board in May passed a resolution to add $5 per unit in the district as an assessment. The board agreed that $4 of the increase will be used for capital improvements to facilities, while $1 will go toward the operating budget.