The board of directors of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District voted 3-2 Thursday night to issue a package for general contractors to bid on building a new Station 43.
Twill be on Via Las Cruces, Orinda, near St. Stephens Drive.
Voting no were two new directors who were sworn in earlier in the evening: Stephen Anderson and Alex Evans. Evans said he would like to have more information and better understand the district's long-range financial planning before a decision on going to bid for Station 43.
MOFD Chief Randy Bradley said, "We do have the money to do that over time." Bradley said he was reluctant to put it off very far because the cost will increase as the economy recovers and contractors are not as "hungry" in making competitive bids as during the depths of the recession.
The board passed a resolution based on a staff recommendation for bidding to close Feb. 6.
The new station is expected to be busy in part with mutual aid in the area covered by
During the meeting, the board reorganized and elected Frank Sperling president, succeeding Fred Weil, who remains a board member.