The Leander City Council unanimously approved a $4 million bid from Workman Commercial Construction Services, LTD for the construction of the new Fire Station No. 5 that will service southwest Leander, including the Travisso, Crystal Falls and Nameless Road areas.
The fire station, which will be located along Travisso Parkway, will help the City of Leander improve response time for citizens and property, according to Interim Fire Chief Robert Curr.
The fire station will come equipped with two bays for emergency response vehicles and a small police sub-station. The sub-station will provide patrol officers an office and closer rest room facilities in the area rather than requiring them to drive all the way back to police headquarters, Curr said.
The alternative bid targeted $6 million for three bays, the police sub-station and a second Williamson County EMS station, which would be housed inside the new station.
Curr told the council the $4 million bid is being recommend at this time.
He also said conversations with Williamson County officials led to an alternative plan where the existing Station No. 2 along Crystal Falls Parkway could be expanded. Curr said a cost estimate is not yet available for that possible plan.
Additionally, Leander City Manager Kent Cagle selected William “Billy” Wusterhausen, an assistant fire chief in Round Rock, to be Leander’s new fire chief.
Wusterhausen beat out two other finalists, Arlington Assistant Fire Chief James “Jim” Self and Waco Deputy Fire Chief Robin “Robby” Bergerson for the position.
The city council must approve of the hire and could make that decision as early as its May 16 regular meeting, according to a statement from the city.
“My family and I are excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to upholding Leander Fire Department’s reputation for outstanding fire service and public safety operations on behalf of the city,” Wusterhausen said in the statement.
The city’s former fire chief, Bill Gardner, retired in February. Gardner spent 17 years with the Leander Fire Department, serving as chief since 2010. Curr has served as interim fire chief since Gardner’s retirement.