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BEAUFORT – This town’s board of commissioners on Monday agreed to move forward with a plan to construct a satellite fire station near the Core Creek bridge on Highway 101.

But before that happens, the town first wants to get some assurances from the county that it will be reimbursed for the cost.

The town and the county have been working on an arrangement to provide better fire protection services for a swath of residences in the county leading back to the bridge. That area is well outside of the town’s boundaries, but the county contracts with the town fire department to provide services.

While the town is overseeing the construction of the project on a parcel near the N.C. Forest Service building, the county is funding it by levying an additional 1.5-cent fire tax rate on people who would benefit from the service. Total cost for the project, when engineering and other fees are included, exceeds $500,000 and the county doesn’t have all that money available yet.

However, the town can take what has already been collected by the county, which is about $353,000, and pay the remaining amount out of pocket so it could begin construction. The county would then continue to collect that revenue from the 1.5-cent tax and hand it over to the town.

But before doing that, the town wanted some guarantee that the county would continue the tax rate and pay the money back.

The town won’t find out the county’s position until Monday, when the County Board of Commissioners meets to consider the request. Even if the county gives its consent, it’s still only a gesture, as a board can’t commit a future board to such an expense.

But the gesture will be enough for Beaufort. On Monday, Commissioner John Hagle made the motion to contract with Thomas Simpson Contracting for $474,553 to build the satellite station. The motion was contingent on the county giving its approval when it meets, and the town wants 2-percent interest on the $160,000 it puts toward the project. The arrangement is also contingent on the town attorney’s approval.

Town manager Charlie Burgess said there have been some difficulties with working on the project as it predates most people involved. “I know it predates myself. It predates many commissioners on the county level,” Mr. Burgess said.

The benefit of moving forward now is that homeowners will find some relief sooner. Properties outside of a five-mile radius from a fire station, like the ones in this district, are not considered to have fire protection by insurance companies. As a result, insurance premiums are significantly higher than in the town limits, and they recently went up again, said Mayor Richard Stanley.

Before coming to a decision, Mr. Burgess encouraged the board to look at the “greater good.”

“The homeowner needs some relief,” he said.

Under the current arrangement, the town should expect to be repaid in about three years. Commissioner Marianna Hollinshed said the town could get repaid faster, and cut the chances of a future county board from reneging on the arrangement, if it increased the fire district tax rate levied in that area.

Before the vote, Commissioner Robert Campbell reiterated that there were no guarantees the county would reimburse the town 100 percent. Mr. Burgess said every year a board can decide not to obligate money to something, such as a payment on a fire engine, but it isn’t likely. “Certain things you expect to happen,” he said. “I think the funding of a fire station is something we would expect to happen.”

After the vote Mr. Stanley said the town has a responsibility to the people it provides fire protection services to outside town limits.

“We have the obligation to serve them,” the mayor said.

CarolinaCoastOnline.com

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg Town Council members have debated for the past few months whether the location chosen for a new fire station is the best spot, and during Monday’s meeting they approved hiring an outside consultant to determine the best location for a new station.

Last year, the council budgeted $1.4 million for a new fire station located at Rocky River Road and Pembrook Road, to give residents on the eastern portion a better response time. But council members have debated if the spot is the best location for a new fire station.

Harrisburg Town Administrator Mike Rose said he’ll now begin the search for a consultant at the council’s request.

“They all felt like there was a need for the station and wanted to proceed with the building of the station, but would like to have a third party consultant group come in to review the potential site as well as other alternatives to make sure that we get the optimum site for the new facility,” Rose said.

Rose said they should have a consultant chosen by late February or early March. He said they have contacted one company and got a price estimate of $24,000 to $28,000. But that price was for the firm to do all the research, and Rose said they should be able to get a better price since they have a lot of the necessary data already collected.

The property was purchased in 2005 when officials saw the growing need for another station. Harrisburg Fire Chief Bryan Dunn has previously said that one of the reasons they agreed to place the fire station at that location was because at the time it was the only place they could purchase property at the time.

Harrisburg has grown since that decision was made, a factor that could affect the location of the station

“We’re starting to see new residential growth in particular that obviously after 2008 seemed to come to a screeching halt all over the place. Now, we’re getting more interest in residential development and building here,” Rose said. “So I’m sure we’ll take a look at where the projections are going for new growth.”

In the end, officials just want to make sure they have the best spot for firefighters to respond to calls.

“We prefer to try and make sure that when we locate this one we don’t regret it five or 10 years down the road because we should have moved it two miles over in another direction to get better coverage,” Rose said. “I think it’s as much a precautionary thing just to make sure that before we invest a million plus dollars in a station that we’ve made sure that we’ve got the right location.”

HickoryRecord.com

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HENDERSON COUNTY – The Hendersonville Planning Board Monday gave the green light to a new city fire station planned for 604 Sugarloaf Road, recommending the rezoning sought by planners.

Final approval for the rezoning and permit will come before City Council next month.

The nearly 11,000-square-foot firehouse proposed for the 11.56-acre site will be located at the front of the property. A new 150-foot telecommunication tower will also be built.

The firehouse and tower will join a 29,675-square-foot warehouse and two 3,302-square-foot sheds already on the property.

“The existing warehouse and shed buildings are vacant,” Planning Director Susan Anderson told the board. “The new telecommunication tower will accommodate five antennas for the purpose of transmitting emergency services communications and water meter communications.”

“The site plan shows the addition of a 10,906-square-foot free-standing building to the site,” Anderson said. “Along with accommodating the basic needs of a fire station, the building will include a multi-purpose room with seating for 45 persons available to city staff and the general public for special events and training.”

The site plan denotes 42 parking spaces, and the city aims to improve the site’s stormwater management by replacing compacted gravel areas with grass.

Read the rest of this article at BlueRidgeNow.com.

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MORRISVILLE – Here’s a photo of the new Morrisville Fire Rescue Station 1 located at 200 Town Hall Drive.

The station replaced one located at Chapel Hill Road (Highway 54) and Morrisville Carpenter Road.

The new station was occupied in March of 2012.

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