ORINDA -- Moraga-Orinda Fire District directors will meet Tuesday to decide whether to move ahead with purchasing a $1.2 million parcel on the Lafayette-Orinda border on which they and Contra Costa Fire District officials want to build a jointly operated fire station.

The decision whether to exercise a purchase option on the Lorinda Lane property will come two days before a $15,000 deposit placed by the district becomes nonrefundable.

Should the board decide not to cancel the agreement with the property owners next week, the district will have 60 days to finalize the purchase. The county supervisors, whos oversee ConFire, have not yet agreed to the purchase or entered into a legal agreement to operate the station with MOFD.

Officials have proposed building a station at that site that would continue to serve residents of northeast Orinda while protecting areas of Lafayette affected by the county's decision to close Station 16 on Los Arabis Drive in response to financial difficulties.

Directors Steve Anderson, Alex Evans and John Wyro voted in favor of considering the purchase. Director Fred Weil joined board president Frank Sperling in opposing continued negotiations.

The time and location for Tuesday's meeting have not been announced.

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