Ground broken on new NCFPD Station 5

Ground was broken for the North County Fire Protection District’s new Station 5 in Bonsall on Oct. 28.

“It’s under way,” said NCFPD Fire Chief Bill Metcalf.

A 5-0 board vote at a September 10 special meeting approved an agreement between the fire district and Capital One Public Financing which authorized the borrowing of up to $3,127,000 at an annual interest rate not to exceed 4.35 percent. The approval allowed NCFPD to provide the financing for the fire station and to award the contract to Keeton Construction of Temecula.

“I’m very happy that the board was able to take this action,” said NCFPD deputy fire chief Ed Sprague. “It’s a great opportunity to build a station for this community.”

Station 5 is currently located near Bonsall Elementary School. The new station will be near the intersection of State Route 76 and Olive Hill Road. NCFPD began the permit process with the county in early 2010, when construction costs were lower due to economic conditions, but the permitting process took more than three years and construction costs increased during that time.

In 2010 the architectural consultant provided an estimate of approximately $3.5 million, although that was based on construction beginning that year. This year the fire district sent a request for proposals and received six bids which were opened June 19. The lowest base bid was $4,662,000 and the highest was $4,967,000. When optional items were added the bids ranged from $4,700,464 to $4,997,800.

“The difference between the low bid and the high bid was relatively small, percentage-wise,” Sprague said.

The bids from the contractors were good for 90 days. At the June 25 board meeting Sprague gave a presentation which was a discussion item rather than a voting action and sought direction from the board to staff. The board directed NCFPD staff to research funding options and return to the board with findings.

NCFPD staff identified and contacted three financing companies. Municipal Finance Corporation, who provided the initial bond financing package in 2010, did not wish to be involved in the current issuance. California Bank and Trust did not make a firm commitment and seemed unable to meet the NCFPD timeline requirements.

Brandis Tallman, LLC, is the representative of the California Special District Finance Corporation. The company identified Capital One Public Finance as a willing lender which could meet the district’s timeline. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote August 27 approved a professional services contract to Brandis Tallman for $17,500 contingent upon the San Francisco company locating financing and the NCFPD board approving the financing and the additional station expenditures September 10.

Improvements financed by a public agency’s general fund rather than a voter-approved bond usually entail a lease structure which utilizes a public entity’s authority to lease public improvements and thus avoids any constitutional or statutory debt limitation. The lease structure uses Station 2 in the Winterwarm area and Station 3 in the Olive Hill area as collateral; the two properties combined have an insured value of $3,350,000.

NCFPD will make semi-annual lease payments to Capital One Public Financing. The principal and interest payments will be approximately $235,604 annually for 20 years, although the lease agreement allows the loan to be pre-paid on or after September 1, 2013, with no pre-payment penalty. The 2010 financing agreement involves semi-annual payments of $91,369.33, equating to an annual repayment of $182,739, so the total annual debt payments for Station 5 will be approximately $418,343.

Keeton Construction had submitted the lowest bid with a base bid of $4,662,000 and $39,721 of optional items for a total bid of $4,701,721. The board’s September 10 approval of the financing also directed Metcalf to execute the contract with Keeton Construction along with related documents.

The prescribed construction time is 330 days. “We’re really excited about getting started on this project,” Sprague said. “We’re looking forward to moving in.”

21 Responses to "Ground broken on new NCFPD Station 5"

  1. Lee   November 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, would you like to know what has happened to our democracy? Here’s a perfect example!

    A . . . board makes a decision(s) on behalf of the people.

    Here you go, folks. Democracy? What democracy? The way to bypass a democracy of WE, THE PEOPLE is with a dictatorship, of course, such as the decision of one or a few people: this board.

    Welcome to our America, folks.

  2. Yay   November 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    It’s about time they started building!

  3. @ Lee   November 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    "WE, THE PEOPLE" voted for "A… board". If you don’t like the decisions they are making on behalf of the Communities, then SHOW YOUR FACE at their Board meetings and speak your mind, or better yet…. Run for the Board.

  4. grunt   November 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Lee, I will grant you that we, the people, must be vigilant; but WE elected this board and they make decisions that (hopefully) they feel are best for the community. If the majority of us do not like the majority of their decisions, we get new ones. A dictatorship is more like the way the president seems to be going, only enforcing laws he chooses, and "ruling" by mandate, As I have said before, just in the county of San Diego there are so many boards making so many decisions that most people would not be able to make intelligent choices, nor would there be time nor money for all the elections.

  5. Steve   November 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Now if a bridge goes out, how will Station 5 get to the other side of the river? The cost is extremely high and the payments are un affordable. We all already pay additional for Cal fire (. Ir wont be long and that fee will go up even more. at least the fire staff will be able to retire with more than 100% of their annual income.

  6. Lee   November 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    @ #4 Grunt

    Grunt, thank you for the fear tactics. To say that referendum elections are difficult to achieve both logistically and financially is completely ignorant. Look how other countries do it, cool? Two, " . . . most people would not be able to make intelligent choices . . . " Really?! You TRULY believe that, Grunt? You have that little faith in your fellow Americans, do you? How revealing. You truly believe that folks are ignorant, unintelligent, uninformed and plain dumb? You truly believe this in the Age of Information? Do you? Good luck, hombre.

    PS. Today, you can order a plane tickets, concert tixs or even a pizza from your . . . smartphone. Grunt, it would be nice if you joint the 21st century . . . let alone our technologically-advanced society.

  7. Lee   November 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    @ #3 @ Lee

    Hmm, I’m a bit confused. @ Lee, can you help me out, please? You say that I should speak my mind. Could you be so kind and inform me then what my comments #1 constitute? I thought I was . . . speaking my mind. Thank you so much for your much-anticipated explanation.

  8. Pink   November 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Lee parrots the same old mantra on almost every issue, yet he has never given an intelligent alternative plan to get ”WE THE PEOPLE” to the polls. I did vote for this board, I have attended board meetings, this fire station is needed, and has been needed for years. I applaud their ability to get it done.

  9. Cal   November 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Who are you people? You can go to the Board Meetings and be heard. That’s Democracy. The Voters elected the Board to represent the people. That’s Democracy. They are doing the absolute right thing.

    I’ve worked in Fire Station trailers! Several grown men per staff inflict serious wear & tear on a trailer designed for retirees. They’ve been in that trailer for decades. Think about the condition of that trailer? It’s a "hole" in firefighting terminology.

    And if that"bridge goes out" there won’t be anything left of Bonsall to save. And you should be extremely happy to have Cal-FIRE nearby and all the tremendous resources that they can bring to bear for your community.

  10. grunt   November 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Lee, what I said – there are too many board decisions made every day; there is no way that a normal human being, working, playing, praying, could keep up on each and every decision. And, as these various boards make decisions each day, there would have to be an election every day. Tell me what country does that? CA has many propositions on each ballot, look at the cost, look at the lobbying. Tell me that you have researched each and every proposition on each and every ballot – then recall that they are only every other year.

  11. Me   November 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm


  12. Lee   November 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    @ #10 Grunt

    " . . . there is no way that a normal human being, working, playing, praying, could keep up on each and every decision." Not true! A person could EASILY keep up with all matters . . . right in the palm of one’s hand: it’s called a smartphone and the internet. Every heard of them?

    "And, as these various boards make decisions each day, there would have to be an election every day." Not true yet again. You could vote from the palm of your hand from — you guessed it — your smartphone at your leisure with a given deadline. Ain’t today’s technology wonderful? Your outdated paradigm of goin’ to schools, churches and fire stations to vote is a thing of the past just like dinosaurs. Psst, this is the 21st century, if you hadn’t noticed.

    "Tell me that you have researched each and every proposition on each and every ballot." I have and so have/do all our fellow Americans. Keep the faith, Grunt, keep the faith.


  13. Local   November 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Bonsall has needed a new Fire Station for years, glad to see it going in.

  14. @Lee   November 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    That is quite possibly the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. How do we know WHO is using the smart phone to vote? Could be anybody. Could be somebody stole your smart phone. The possibility of our "enemies" (and yes, we do have enemies) intercepting the system for their own means would be astronomical. The technology to vote by phone may be a viable idea someday, but not today. As a side note, not everybody cares one way or the other how boards vote on different issues, and trust me, there are LOTS of issues. I’m perfectly happy to let them make the hard decisions. If I don’t like how they vote, I will just let them know or vote for someone else. Our voting system isn’t rocket science Lee, and it has worked for over 200 years. Check it out, the library is full of history books.

  15. Sawyer   November 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I have to say, this is a platform for cowards. Guys like Lee, Ray, and "Me" spew their poison, bashing fire, police, and progress, all while hiding behind the curtain. They don’t even have the courage to give their real names. I for one am thankful I live in a country that provides Firefighter/Paramedics 24/7 to our roads and homes. My family is constantly driving our roads, and I have the peace of mind that God forbid, if they get plowed by a drunk driver head on, Paramedics from our Fire Departments will be there within minutes to render advanced life support until they can be cared for by a Doctor. These guys are our homeland security, and I am happy to see a new fire station being built that Bonsall can be proud of, not the trashy trailer by the school. Thankfully the 3 angry old birds writing hate represent a very small ignorant minority of our population. Oh, and if your ideas are so great, why don’t you try winning an election.

  16. @Lee2   November 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

    One can not just vote on a smart-phone, get real. First, One is supposed to be a "registered" voter. Also, only ones that live in a certain district can vote on THAT districts decisions. If you voted, you would understand the voting system, the boards, but military-industrial complex and so on…..

    Registered voters: A US documented Citizen, not just a driver’s license holder.

  17. Lee   November 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    @ #14 @Lee, @15 Sawyer & #16 @Lee2

    One, give us more fear tactics, will ya? Two, keep on thinkin’!

  18. Me   November 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    "I have to say, this is a platform for cowards. Guys like Lee, Ray, and "Me" spew their poison, bashing fire, police, and progress, all while hiding behind the curtain."

    As he posts under the same "curtain." You should be a comedian…

    (Oh and I seldom bash most police and certainly not progress.)

  19. grunt   November 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Ray has provided his real name before, I think. The problem with real names, How would the VN know that it is you? I could sign George Jefferson – (I am not he) and unless I included a telephone number, no one would be able to check. The point sawyer was making is it is easy to find fault when you are hidden; why not a letter to the editor under your name? or showing at the various board meeting – and announcing your "disgust" under your name?

  20. Pink   November 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you Sawyer. My sentiments exactly, although I have to say that Ray is pretty much an equal opportunity "basher". (-:

    "Me" just hates all firemen, not sure why, inferiority complex is my guess.

    As for Lee. He has never met a subject that he actually knows anything about. When he speaks, one wonders if he read the article or just the headline. As he so loves to quote "stupid is as stupid does."

  21. Sawyer   November 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Hey "Me"…ya, my name is Sawyer, whats yours?


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