TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Silver Lake fire district will soon have a new fire station in Menoken Township.
Shawnee County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve a conditional use permit allowing the station to be built on three acres of land at Highway 24 and Landon Road.
The fire district says some 15-percent of its calls come from that area along the highway. Planning director Barry Beagle says no one spoke against the proposal during public meetings.
The new station replaces an aging building that houses equipment on Huxman road, just north of Hwy. 24.
Fire officials say the decision follows four years of study and public input. Chief Joe Hawkins says a survey of residents found that people actually wanted two stations. They decided to build the first one in the area that sees the most calls and make a decision another new location later.
The new station will not have sleeping quarters, but Hawkins says it is not necessary right now. He says the fire station in Silver Lake is currently staffed by two people, during daytime hours Monday through Friday. When the new building is complete, one of those people may shift to the second location.
Construction should begin next year.