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The Fluvanna Fire District is taking steps to insure its continued presence at the Chautauqua County Airport.

For decades, the district has operated a second fire station at the airport, but its facility is linked to the Duramold hangar building, which has just been sold. Now the fire company is asking to lease two acres of land at the airport for a new Station 2 to be built sometime in the future.

Airport Manager Kenneth Brentley has been working with the fire district. He said Monday that there are no immediate plans to build a fire station, but the fire company must keep its options open.

"They are concerned about the future of the Duramold hangar and the future of Fluvanna's Station 2 at that building. I think it is very important for the future of the airport to keep that station on airport hill," Brentley said.

The Fluvanna Fire Department provides emergency services when needed at the airport and would be the main company responding in case of an accident.

Brentley said the company wants a parcel west of Stubb Road, across from the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center.

"That will allow them to tie into the Town of Ellicott water line. We still have to do an obstruction study and check clearance for the runways and so on," Brentley said.

The Duramold hangar building was sold to industrialist Jon Wehrenberg. Last summer he tried to get out of that purchase contract with the county, saying his expansion plans had fallen through, but later he agreed to try to resell the facility on his own.

A resolution to go before the County Legislature's Public Works Committee Wednesday night calls for holding a public hearing on the Fire District lease plan Nov. 20.

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