Durango City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Durango and the Durango Fire Protection District to begin a year-long negotiation process regarding the possible utilization of River City Hall for a downtown fire station.
“This really gives us an opportunity to have good open dialogue and discussion,” said City Manager José Madrigal at Tuesday’s council meeting. “All options are still on the table; this just opens up negotiations.”
During the one-year negotiation period the fire district has agreed not to pursue any land use applications, construction plans, or submittals for a downtown fire station site outside the current site 1235 Camino del Rio.
The negotiation period can be extended or shortened with the approval of both the city and the fire district if an acceptable agreement is reached early, or more time is needed.
City Council and the fire district board have committed to attend bi-monthly joint meetings in the coming months that will be hosted by the city manager and the fire chief to stay up to date on negotiations. These negotiations will be available for the public to view.
“We’ve already had some pretty good discussions in regard to what might be possible, and we’re really getting the foundation set,” Madrigal said.
Additionally, both the city and the fire district have committed to sharing design ideas at public meetings to gather input from residents.
“I’m really glad we’re where we are on this, and that we’re moving forward in a positive fashion for both the community and the DFPD and the city,” said City Councilor Kim Baxter.
Either party can terminate the agreement with a 45-day written notice that determines in good faith that negotiations are unlikely to result in an agreement.