UINTAH CITY -- The same fire station Uintah City Mayor Sue Bybee locked the doors on in August, the city is now considering remodeling and adding an additional truck bay to.
The city has put out a request for a proposal for a design to upgrade the lone Uintah City fire station at 6680 S. 2275 East.
The proposals are due to the city offices by 5 p.m. Monday.
"The proposal is only for a design," Bybee said. "To give the (city) council something to work from."
The cost of the design will be covered with a Community Development Block Grant the city received in 2012 through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Because the project is being funded through a federal grant, the architectural firm selected will be required to comply with all federal labor standards, officials said.
Within 30 days of receiving the proposals, up to three firms will be selected by the council for the interview process.
However, some Uintah residents are questioning the scope of the work and city leaders' approach to having a "use it or lose it" mentality when it comes to spending the grant money.
The mayor dismisses those people as naysayers, being "anti-government," and not wanting city leaders to do anything.
She points out that Uintah City Fire Chief Mike Marz is working with the council on this particular project.
Upgrading the fire station, Bybee said, also benefits the city's maintenance department because the two departments share the same building.
"The current facility is inadequate in size and facilities, and the building needs some repair," according to a scope of service notice put out by the city.
"Its shared function with the city maintenance and road department also provides a few security and cleanliness issues," the notice states.
The city is looking to remodel the station for its volunteer fire department, in addition to adding another engine bay to it.
Amid complaints that items were being stolen out of the fire station, including volunteer-owned firefighter equipment, at the recommendation of legal counsel, Bybee locked the doors on the station in August for about a one-month period.
Shutting down the volunteer fire station back then, Bybee said, posed no risk to Uintah's 1,300 residents, because the city has a contract with Weber Fire District to provide first responder coverage to the city.
The city also has mutual fire aid agreements with surrounding cities.