The League City City Council on Tuesday approved a $4.36 million contract with Gamma Construction Co. to build Fire Station No. 6 at 7505 S. Shore Blvd.
The three-story station, which is set to open November 2019, will have three bays, living quarters and beds, and will be the first League City fire station to have a fire pole.
The temporary Fire Station No. 6 operates out of a water tower farther north at 6060 S. Shore Blvd. It is too close to Fire Station No. 3 at 3575 E. FM 518 to properly cover the southeast part of League City, prompting the construction of Fire Station No. 6 in that area, city officials said.
Fire department officials are trying to recruit more firefighters to properly staff the stations and respond to calls. The recruitment effort and new station are part of the city’s goal to maintain or reduce response times to emergency calls, officials said.
The council in August approved borrowing $11 million for various projects, including the new fire station.
In other business
The League City City Council on Tuesday also approved a resolution authorizing City Manager John Baumgartner to “determine alternatives to improve drainage of all waterways and to engage the participation of regional governmental entities that would also benefit from this comprehensive plan,” according to city documents.
League City experienced heavy flood damage from Hurricane Harvey, so the city is taking the lead in the effort to collaborate with other governmental entities to identify and determine the cost of regional drainage solutions, according to the documents.
Under the resolution, the city manager will reach out to Harris and Galveston counties; various drainage districts; and the cities of Pearland, Friendswood and Dickinson. The study will be sufficient to present to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for consideration, the documents read.