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Transfer of Springbrook fire station and some vehicles going forward; city will retain ownership of downtown fire station

GARY ALLEN - Station 20, the town's main fire station on Second Street, will remain under the ownership of the city in an agreement drafted with TVF&R.

The annexation of Newberg into the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue district takes effect July 1. Negotiations have been ongoing as to what equipment and properties will be retained by the city of Newberg and what will be handed over to TVF&R. At a June 18 meeting, City Manager Joe Hannan got the nod from the City Council to sign an intergovernmental (IGA) agreement with TVF&R regarding the transfer of the city's assets.

Under the agreement, Station 21 on Springbrook Road will be deeded to TVF&R, while the city retains ownership of the downtown fire station (Station 20) and TVF&R will be allowed to use it for the next 99 years. TVF&R will maintain the downtown fire station while it occupies it and will hand it over to the city should they no longer need it.

"Springbrook will be relinquished to TVF&R with no additional consideration," City Attorney Truman Stone told the council. "The downtown station is part of a larger parcel that includes (the public safety building); we are not transferring title or not proposing transferring title to the downtown station."

TVF&R will be responsible for maintenance of the buildings and the cost of making improvements. The fire equipment and trucks will be transferred to TVF&R, except for some items TVF&R felt were not needed. Those include a 1996 Chevy pick-up, 2000 Chevy Tahoe, 1995 GMC ambulance, 2005 Ford ambulance, 1991 Ford pumper truck, 2012 Pierce Transport fire pumper and a 2000 ladder truck. The proceeds from the sale of those pieces of equipment will go toward the city's communications upgrade. The estimated value of this equipment is said to be $130,000 to $400,000 and depends on the method of sale.

There are other trucks that are owned by the Newberg Rural Fire Protection District that were leased to the city. Those are not covered by the IGA, but a separate agreement between the NRFPD and TVF&R.

According to the IGA if any additional equipment is considered surplus and sold by TVF&R prior to June 20, 2019, the proceeds will go toward the city's communications upgrade.

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