Ground was broken Friday morning for a new volunteer fire station in North Fork. The project is the result of funding by the North Fork Mono Rancheria and the County of Madera, and help from the North Fork Community Development Council.
“As a life-long resident of North Fork, I can’t begin to explain how near and dear this project is to me,” said District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, whose supervisorial area includes North Fork. “Knowing first-hand the deplorable conditions the volunteers were forced to work with, this new facility has been a top priority for me. With the help of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the North Fork (Community Development Council), we are finally able to give them a new and improved station.”
The nearly $900,000 station will have two drive-through bays, accommodate three fire apparatuses and will include a bathroom, and a reception and office area. Lasater Construction Co., Inc., of Encinitas, is expected to complete construction of the facility by December 2012.
The 3,200-square-foot facility will be built on a 2.6-acre parcel at the old North Fork mill site...