The City Council has given the go-ahead to Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg to begin the application process and pursue federal funding for a second fire station in Mitchell.
This seems innocent enough, and yes, any ideas to grab a few federal dollars for community betterment should be pursued. Remember that it’s just a process to pursue some federal money, and not a commitment to build.
This isn’t a new idea, by the way. It’s been discussed off and on for the better part of five years, if not longer (that’s just how far back our easy-access digital records go). Response times for some of the far-reaching points of the city are getting a bit longer than suggested by the National Fire Protection Association, and the city is only getting bigger geographically.
At least those are the arguments for a second fire station in Mitchell.
Is this a sound idea, though?