The Kansas governor has signed a bill that clears the way for Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 to take over land from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

The Kansas governor has signed a bill that clears the way for Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 to take over land from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

The Kansas Department of Corrections will donate 1.09 acres to Fire District No. 1.

The land is located in the area of Main and Kansas streets in Lansing, which is on the grounds of LCF. Fire District No. 1 already operates a station at that location.

Fire District No. 1 provides fire department services for the city of Lansing and the Delaware and High Prairie townships.

Gov. Jeff Colyer signed House Bill 2608 into law Thursday, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The bill calls for Kansas Secretary of Corrections Joe Norwood to convey the land to Fire District No. 1 using what is known is a quitclaim deed process.

Rick Huhn, chief of Fire District No. 1, said the fire station takes up only about one half of an acre. He said the remainder of the land that is being donated to Fire District No. 1 can be used in the future for firefighter training.

Huhn said officials with the fire district first talked with LCF representatives about transferring the land about 20 years ago.

Huhn credited state Rep. Debbie Deere with helping to get the legislation passed this year. Deere represents Lansing in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Huhn said he testified before committees as the legislation made its way through the Kansas House and Senate.

The chief said the Fire District No. 1 station currently utilizes LCF's utilities. He said the fire district will pay for new utility connections as part of taking over the property.

He said $75,000 has been budgeted for the new utility connections. He said the fire district also has purchased a backup generator for about $46,000.

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