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Fire and water will share a home

"Workers broke into the earth last week to unite fire and water in Silverdale. In 14-plus months, the 12.6 acres of graded land at the corner of Dickey and Newberry Hill Roads will be transformed into a joint administration building for the Silverdale Water District and Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.The two districts teamed up last fall when they realized both were looking for new facilities. The boards for both opted for a joint project to pool their resources. Already, the project is over-budget. “For everything, we are at about $6.5 million. We’re over, but not by much. We put together our estimates and have been working on the design. ... We bought the property thinking we could expand in the future, so the buildings are being designed so they can be expanded also,” Johnson said.Regardless, the fire and water partnership will still likely amount to a cost savings due to the shared funding between the districts. Both fire and water commissioner boards balanced the costs of independent versus shared facilities and found the shared space to be advantageous.It is also behind schedule. Johnson guessed the facility will be ready for move-in in the early months of 2001 - later than the planned and expected October 2000 move-in date. He blamed the delay on a familiar Northwest problem.“The weather and all of the rain on the site. It was a big push to get the site graded and where it is at now and the weather creeped up on us,” Johnson said. “We knew there was a good chance we wouldn’t make the time frame we were hoping for, but we can live with 2001.”CKFR commissioners planned on building a new administration building in a few years and budgeted $275,000 to remodel their current administrative building in the meantime. Since the merger of Fire District 1 and 15 last year to create CKFR, the leadership had hoped for new digs to match the new name. The Water District planned a facilities move for other reasons: Silverdale has grown tremendously in the last decade, and the Water District’s service area grew in kind. Its office space is now cramped and not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act."

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