The Prescott City Council Today (unanimously) decided to accept a bid of $362,500 for the property formerly known as Fire Station Number 7, which housed the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, who perished in the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013. The purchaser, Arizona Service Company, Inc., was deemed to be the highest and most responsible bidder.
When the City announced plans to sell the property, along with other surplus property in February, stakeholders including family members, friends and relatives were notified and given opportunity to organize a bid. As of the May 1 deadline, there were no bids from these parties.
There were two qualified bids for the property, and one that did not meet the bid requirements. The third bid was put forth by a third party. The bid came in after the formal bid process was closed. However, due to the stated intention of the association, to purchase the site for a possible museum, Council agreed to review the bid in an executive session on July 11. After review, Council decided that the appropriate course of action was to accept the highest qualified bid.
Council and staff understand the sensitivity of this matter, and generally support the idea of a museum to help preserve the memory of the 19 Hotshots. Fire Chief Dennis Light will convene a meeting of stakeholders and interested citizens on August 12 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Prescott Public Library. The goal of the meeting is to bring the parties together to begin dialogue about a museum or other remembrance. The City would act as a facilitator in the conversation, but it is hoped that non-profit entity would be organized to raise funds and seek a location for such a memorial display.