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May 10, 2014

Water District 10 fire station prop passes

— A $1 million bond proposition to fund a new fire station for the Central Gardens area was passed by voters on Saturday.

Jefferson County Water Control and Improvement District No. 10’s Volunteer Fire Department will have their new home at the corner of Spurlock Road and Price Street.

A total of 152 votes or 64.88 percent of the ballots cast were in favor of the proposition while 83 votes or 35.32 percent were against. A total of 235 ballots were cast in this special election.

“There was a low turnout in votes but we’re pleased with the results,” WD10 General Manager Tommy McDonald said. “Of course this Thursday we will canvas the votes and confer with the attorney to move forward with the architect.”

McDonald said he is hoping to go out for bids on the project in about three months and begin construction. The construction phase will take approximately nine to 10 months.

McDonald said the new location is more centralized to better serve citizens in the area.

The new facility would be approximately 5,000 square feet, single story fire station with three drive-through apparatus bays plus living quarters, a training room, lobby, offices, two full bathrooms, storage room and kitchen.

The current fire station, located on Central Boulevard, would not go to waste —  WCID plans to purchase the building and use it to park its fleet equipment.

The VFD serves two square miles in the Central Gardens and surrounding rural areas such as the unincorporated areas between the cities of Nederland and Beaumont as well as working with neighboring fire departments. The Water District services about 5,500 people.

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