Watertown still looking at adding third fire station

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT) — Building a third fire station in Watertown is still in the works, although it could be a few years yet before it happens.

Watertown’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the years 2022-2026 is a document that reflects the city’s intention to move forward on specific projects that would still require final budget approval.

Watertown Fire Rescue Chief Doug Kranz says response times to emergency calls are what’s driving the need for an east side substation.

They’ve got a timeline when they’d like to see a new substation become a budgeted project.

But they don’t have a location picked out, yet.

Kranz addressed the question of more equipment and personnel would be required to staff a new substation.

The highest-cost item in the CIP is for street improvements for Watertown, which are estimated to cost more than $15.2 million.