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      Jefferson City council discusses new fire station, Oscar's Diner

      Jefferson City Council introduced bills for a new fire station and to rebuild Oscar's Diner Monday night.

      The Jefferson City Council held it's first regular meeting of the month Monday and introduced several new bills.

      A proposal to build a new fire station #3 on Highway 179 was on the agenda, replacing the current station on Industrial Drive.

      The lowest bid of just over $2.2 million dollars for the station would come in $117,000 under budget. Funding for the station would come from the city's half-cent tax that voters decide on every five years.

      The new station would help fire officials cover the city in it's entirety since stations #1 and #3 currently overlap.

      "The building will have three and a half bays, it will have some hardening in the building to protect the fire fighters in the event of severe weather. It will also have the city's backup 9-1-1 center and computer network backup area," said Jason Turner, Jefferson City's interim fire chief.

      Another bill was introduced to change the zoning for Oscar's Diner, which was partly destroyed in a January 30 fire.

      The zoning change would allow owners to expand the diner to more than 5000 square feet and add 55 parking spaces.

      The location will stay the same as the old building, at 2118 Schotthill Woods Drive.

      The next council meeting is on May 20, where both of these bills will be further discussed.