The city of Marysville has narrowed its search for a new fire station site to one location.

The city of Marysville has narrowed its search for a new fire station site to one location.

Representatives of the city's administration and fire division met with Union County commissioners on Sept. 20 to discuss what would need to happen for the city to acquire a parcel of county-owned land on County Home Road, across the street from Navin Elementary School.

Commissioner Charles Hall said the property is currently a vacant lot.

"We need about three acres for a primary fire station, and we would keep our Uptown station open for the foreseeable future," Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk said during the meeting.

Assistant Fire Chief Jay Riley said the city looked at seven possible sites for a new station. The land on County Home Road meets all of the city's search criteria and would be well-positioned to accommodate Marysville's trending growth to the north.

The National Fire Protection Association states that fire services should have a five-minute response time standard to calls for help, city administrator Jillian Froment pointed out in a presentation to the commissioners. In 2008, Marysville's fire services exceeded five minutes 37 percent of the time. Marysville's fire personnel evaluated each proposed site by making timed runs to areas throughout the response area, Froment said. The proposed site on County Home Road provided the lowest average response time to the entire response area, including 2:10 minutes to Mill Valley (7:20 2009 average response time), 2:20 to Delaware Avenue/U.S. route 33 (6:40 in 2009), 3:50 to Cradler Turner/Northwest Parkway (8:23 in 2009), 4:00 to Whitestone Road/U.S. route 36 (8:35 in 2009), and 4:55 to Scottslawn Road/U.S. route 33 (8:40 in 2009).

The commissioners voted 3-0 to authorize chairman Gary Lee to begin working with the city in new discussions and to begin going over details of a possible land sale. Hall said the commissioners intend to take some sort of action before the end of this month.

City administrator Jillian Froment said if a deal can be struck, Marysville intends to take a close look at the state Route 4/County Home Road intersection, an area with very high traffic volumes. The city would conduct a traffic study of the site, which Marysville expects would show the need for a traffic signal there, Froment said.

Froment said that the city would look into a survey and a valuation of the property in October.

She said that improvements to the road and intersection would be vital to the fire station's location and would be considered part of the funding for the building's construction.

Froment said if an agreement can be reached soon, Marysville may qualify for Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) dollars to help pay to build a new fire station. The city would have to possess the deed to the property to be eligible for those dollars, however.

"We'll be back in touch with you very quickly," Schmenk told commissioners at the conclusion of the meeting.