Photo by Sue Misao

Photo by Sue Misao

Proposals from two architects for a new fire hall on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop will be reviewed at a special meeting of Okanogan County Fire District No. 6 commissioners on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at the Twisp Fire Hall to discuss two proposals for a new fire hall, said Roy Reiber, commission chairman.

Reiber said he expects the commissioners to select one of the architects, and will then ask for more detailed proposals and cost estimates for a new station.

The station would be funded through a property tax levy that would need to be approved by voters. Reiber said the district may put that proposal on the November 2014 ballot.

The fire district earlier this year postponed plans to seek a levy increase this November, after estimates for a new fire station came in higher than anticipated.

Reiber said fire district officials have been visiting fire stations in eastern Washington to gather information and ideas. “We’ve come up with more favorable numbers,” Reiber said.

For several years the district has explored options for building a new fire hall to replace its cramped station on Englar Street in Winthrop.

The district purchased a five-acre parcel on Horizon Flats in 2010 for a new station.

The district’s commission meeting is open to the public.