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TWIN FALLS — The city of Twin Falls wants to know the condition of its fire stations, whether to remodel or rebuild and where to start.

Which is why the City Council will be asked Monday to approve an agreement with Pivot North Architecture for services not to exceed $236,360. The Boise firm contracts with another group in Seattle that specializes in constructing fire stations.

If approved, Pivot North would begin the first phase of the city’s plan to improve its fire response infrastructure.

“We’re not sure what we might end up building and what we might end up remodeling,” Deputy City Manager Brian Pike said. “The first step was really looking at doing a needs analysis of our stations and some internal programing.”

Pivot North and its partners will look at the structures themselves as well as the space needs of fire crews across the board. They would then prioritize projects.

The city has already decided it will not remodel its Station No. 2 on Fillmore Street at the College of Southern Idaho’s campus, Pike said. That station will be moved to Cheney Drive.

The city will also need to build a fire station on Hankins Road to serve the east side of town as the population grows.

“We want to have some foresight,” Pike said.

Meanwhile, the Twin Falls Fire Department’s chief, Tim Soule, remains on paid administrative leave. The city has not disclosed details, but said his leave was not a result of illegal activity.

The City Council will consider the architectural agreement at its upcoming meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers, 305 Third Ave. E.

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Prior to the regular meeting, the Council will meet at Council Chambers at 3:30 p.m. to tour the Wills Booster Station with staff engineer Lee Glaesemann.

At the regular meeting, the Council will consider:

A one-year extension of the governmental fire service agreement to provide fire protection services to the Twin Falls Rural Fire District.

Approving the City of Twin Falls/URA-GMP Hansen Street improvements to be performed by Starr Corp. for a guaranteed maximum price of $268,244.

Providing input on the Greater Twin Falls Area Transportation Committee’s priority list.

Discussing the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, Region 2, board of trustees nomination form.

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