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Voters to decide fate of new fire station
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Families in Water District 10 in Jefferson County will decide the fate of a new fire station in a $1 million bond.
At the intersection of Spurlock Rd. and Price St., there's a parcel of land made up of little more than grass and weeds.
"I think it's a good deal," community member Jeremy McDuffie said.
"I think it's actually a great idea just because of the fact that it's easier, more access," Daniel Sharpless said.
Water District 10 wants to make the land the home of a new fire station. The district bought the land in 2005. About nine years later, it'll be up to the public to vote whether the 5,000 sq. ft. building becomes a reality.
The building would replace a decades old fire station.
"It gives the fire department room to train for instance, this one doesn't have much training room," Water District 10 General Manager Thomas McDonald said.
Training firefighters need to fight fires that have destroyed homes and property in the district. In June 2011, a fire burned more than 200 acres in a field off Twin City Hwy. near Spurlock. It took firefighters more than six hours to contain. In August 2011, flames destroyed a home in the 1200 block of Spring St. in Central Gardens.
"We just think that being on a larger road, Spurlock Rd. for instance, we'll be able to respond in the fire engines, in the rescue vehicle in a quicker, more efficient manner to all areas of the district since it's centralized," McDonald said.
They're improvements the voters will have to okay to turn the piece of land into the area's newest fire station.
"To me the closer they are to your place the better off you are," Annell Hanley, a community member said.
"My taxes are already high though, but I guess if it's gonna protect my family from getting in a fire, I guess it'll be alright," McDuffie said.
Early voting starts April 28th. The election is May 10th.