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Builder donating cost of constructing new fire station

Original post made on Dec 18, 2009

Fautt Homes will partner with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District to build the new Fire Station 32 in Alamo at cost, it was announced at the district board meeting Dec. 17. Jeff Fautt, president and founder of Fautt Homes, addressed the board and pledged to build the new Fire Station 32 as a way to give back to his community and create a legacy for his family.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 18, 2009, 3:26 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by Pete
a resident of Stone Valley Middle School
on Dec 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Merry Christmas residents of Alamo! I think we have a new top contender for Alamo Citizen of the Year. It must be nice to be rich...

Posted by Rich
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Thank you Mr. Fautt and happy holidays.

Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Outstanding! What a Merry Christmas present to Alamo.

Posted by Jake
a resident of Stone Valley Middle School
on Dec 18, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I hope the Wolske’s [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment] when they read this article. [They] won’t be too pleased to hear Jeff has joined the project. Jeff is a true pro, loves this town with all his heart, and doesn’t think much of nonsense and delays the fire department has been subjected to. Listen to your agent and lower the price to market value ($995,000) and you'll be free of this town you so despise.

Posted by Appreciative
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2009 at 6:43 am

Thank you Jeff! You are a good man.

Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Dec 19, 2009 at 8:23 am

Wait a minute...

Reading the Danville Express story above, one is left with the distinct impression that Mr. Fautt will build the fire station "at cost" and will "donate the construction of the firehouse to the community of Alamo." I'm left with that impression because that's exactly what the story says.

However, the Contra Costa Times story on the same topic, reporting on the same meeting says that Mr. Fautt will "oversee the construction of a new fire station in Alamo." The CC Times further notes that he will waive his general contracting fee for the project. Construction costs, materials, labor and materials would still be paid for by the district.

There are some semantic differences, for sure. I guess it's still a generous offer, but not quite as generous as the Danville Express article would have you believe.

Posted by rufous
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

Shouldn't this project be competetively bid out and awarded to the lowest bidder in accordance with the fire districts own rules? There is no shortage of contractors needing work now. It seems like a generous offer but my suspicious nature wonders if there is a tax deduction in the offing or some nefarious arrangement with subcontractors selected for the job. Maybe rules are in place for a reason and he can "donate" in a more conventional fashion. Never mind we don't need a new fire station

Posted by Jake
a resident of Stone Valley Middle School
on Dec 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Yes! The Wolskes have finally arrived on the blog, and, big surprise, they are opposed to Mr. Fautt donating a year of his time and expertise to the fire department – who could have predicted that. Some might say that if Jeff truly loved the community he would buy the Wolske debacle house instead and rid us their insistent self-interest lobbying. But no need, a few more price drops (added to the dozen or so to date) and they’ll be gone anyway.

Posted by Antioch Mom
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Someone please help to resolve the differences between Ed/Nanci and the fireman. I am a parent at Nanci’s school and she can hardly talk about ANYTHING else – to peers, colleagues, parents, even in the classroom (I don’t think any of her kids are going to grow up wanting to be fireman). Parents of her kids don’t know what to do and think she is very distracted and troubled. Many have complained to the district but they may be powerless because of tenure. It is almost intolerable for them and word is out making Nanci a teacher to avoid at all cost next year. Our District (not San Ramon) already faces many challenges. We don’t need the express adding fuel to this situation. Please give them a break here and stop comments on this article. They have been trying to sell their house for nearly two years and they are lashing out in desperation which is understandable. Maybe the fire dept. could make her house payments until the house sells or some other olive branch as a peace offering. Am sure all the delays and lawyers are costing them way more money than if they could just buy some peace.

Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the SRV fire department taking a bad deal. I have worked with them for many years. They are exceptionally well managed, smart, and retain the best legal counsel money can buy. If they think this is a good deal, it is. If they don’t like it they will walk away in an instant or negotiate for what they want - guaranteed.

Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2009 at 6:23 am

Ya, that's interesting what Pshaw said. This article definitely makes Fautt out to be more generous than he really is. Overseeing something for free is a big difference than building for free. I wonder why this media sources wants us to like developers?

Posted by Rich
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 20, 2009 at 9:33 am

So donating a year of your time for the benefit of your neighbors is not generous? Rick, when was the last time you donated 8-5, Monday through Friday of your time for an entire year? The article is spin? Next time just say thank you and you won't appear to be such a jacka$$.

Posted by Firehouse Question
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I rather doubt that Fautt is going to go 8-5, 5 days out of 7, for a whole year on one project. He'll probably delegate to his site foreman.

Oh, I'm sorry - labor is not included. So what is he actually donating???

Posted by Bainter the Painter
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm

I am glad that the builder guy wants to give us a new firehouse. Firehouses are good because firemen can live there, and firemen put out fires. But no one cares what the painter thinks. That's ok.

Posted by J Cullen
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm

The Danville Weekly would do well to check the facts when it reports that Mr. Fautt "will partner with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District..." . Mr. Fautt walked into the Board Meeting and "offered" his services. Unless there has been some behind-the-scenes dealings with the Fire District, this is not a done deal. However, I do find it interesting that a photographer was on hand to capture his offer.

Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 22, 2009 at 7:58 am

In looking at the department website it seems photographers and reporters are common at FD meetings. The agenda also shows the California State Fire Marshal and County Supervisor Mary Piepho made presentations to Chief Price for what appear to be significant personal accomplishments. Seems like something the department would have a photographer on hand for. And do really think this was the first time Mr. Fautt had ever spoken to someone at the department? I would be shocked if the fire department didn’t expect his public presentation. So much for your ridiculous conspiracy theory. Everyone knows what you are up to (stop embarrassing yourself).

Posted by J Cullen
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

Apparently, my comments were misunderstood. My intent was to show that I doubt that the Fire District (who obviously was aware that the gentleman would be offering his services and is equaly aware of the legalities of the Brown Act requiring things to be done out in the open with the public's knowledge) would have already MADE an agreement without following procedure and therefore it should not have been reported as such.
I applaud people coming forward to help, particularly in this time of fiscal distress, but others should be given the same opportunity and hopefully this will result in even more and greater saving to our community. When the article stated that the partnership was already formed, it assumed the process is closed.

Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2009 at 10:39 am

The Contra Costa Times reporting is more accurate and less slanted. Their article reads in part,

"How much the district would save with Fautt's offer is yet to be determined, as are the exact details and how his offer would play in the public bidding process. The Fire District has a strict bidding process, [Fire Chief] Price said. It makes a public announcement of a construction project and has a series of meetings for potential contractors.

We really have to work that out," Price said. "We're not exactly sure how this whole process will go. We have to fully understand what the process is, and that we're following a process that is fair and that is legal and that is in the best interest of our citizens."

The Chief and Fire Board are on top of the legalities.

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