Thursday, July 12, 2012
Heather Campbell and I took our “Application for Nomination” to
yesterday. We are
hoping to get the Bethel Island Fire Station approved as a historical building
by the County’s Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee, and then by the Board
of Supervisors. If the building is chosen, we can refurbish it and have it
ready as a command center and gathering place for paid-on-call firefighters and
emergency medical responders here on Martinez . Bethel
East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) could not fix up the building because it was in a floodplain and had to be raised up in the air if they worked on it. However, there is an exemption from the FEMA floodplain rules if a building is a Historic Structure it does NOT have to be raised above the mean flood height.
The BIMAC approved the application at Tuesday night’s meeting and put up some money for the application fee. Islanders also contributed for the fee. Thanks to Page Pratt, Grant, Dori Anderson, and Marguerite Lawry we could pay the $500 application fee yesterday!
See my post from July1 about the closing of the station.