One item on the agenda at the last City Council meeting was what to do with the soon to-be-vacated Fire Station #93 located at 212 2nd Street in Oakley. Upon completion of the new Fire Station #93 on O’Hara and following an agreement worked out between the City, the County, and East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, the City will receive title to the old Fire Station and the adjacent property on 2nd Street. In the Downtown Specific Plan, the property is slated for parking in the long-term; however, other potential short-term users of the building and property have been discussed.
Only one organization, H.A.L.O., made a presentation to the Council. H.A.L.O. (Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization) is an East Contra Costa County, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and placing cats and dogs. Currently that do not have a shelter, all rescued animals are housed in “foster homes” until they are adopted.
Their proposal for using the Fire Station includes: “H.A.L.O. would like to utilize the old fire house building on 2nd street attached yard and parking lot for a new state of the art cat and dog adoption center. We would like to house approximately 20 dogs and 10 cats at the facility that have already been cleared for adoption. We would also run our Angel Ears reading therapy dogs program, student and senior volunteer program, animal care and obedience classes from the facility. One of our goals would be to add additional fencing to the large grass area to establish a local dog park and agility course also open to the citizens of Oakley. We would like to bring in a Mobil Veterinary unit and work w/the local veterinary offices 3-4 time a year to offer low cost spay, neuter, and vaccinations. H.A.L.O is aware of the abundant feral cat population in Oakley we already assist the public with providing traps and paying the cost to alter these animals, and would continue to assist in that process. We would like to put a couple of locked kennels that the police department and HALO would only have access to so if during the night the police department is required to pick up a stray animal they can put it in a safe place until that animal could be evaluated to establish if Contra Costa Animal Service should pick it up.”
The Council unanimously agreed to lease the property to H.A.L.O. Details will be worked out between City staff and the organization.