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City offers to sell fire station

Laurie Everett • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:04 PM

MT. JULIET - With Mt. Juliet's first fire station set to open Sept. 30, city officials approached Wilson County with a proposal to sell Station 3 behind City Hall.

The county has leased city-owned Station 3 from Mt. Juliet for $1 per year since 1986. The county provided fire service to  the city out of the station. Mt. Juliet recently built Station 1 on Belinda Parkway and will begin providing city fire service Sept. 30.

Vice Mayor James Maness said a proposal to sell Station 3 to the county for $800,000 was presented to the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency committee Aug. 5.

The price was adjusted down to $400,000, after discussions with the county mayor and an appraisal.

The EMS committee unanimously voted to buy the station and the proposal will track to the budget committee and then to the full county commission.

"We have taken over some of the responsibility to protect Mt. Juliet," said Maness. "Station 3 is the base of the county's operations for unincorporated areas of the county."

The impetus to sell the station is to garner seed money to build and operate a second fire station in North Mt. Juliet. The city agreed to accept $100,000 per year, for four years from the county.

"This money will go toward getting that second station," said Maness.

He said the city plans to keep a pumper at Station 3 for the volunteer firefighters who will respond to fires on the north end of town.

Recently, City Manager Kenneth Martin said the city pinpointed a couple possible locations for Station 2. The one they are most interested is is the former Chief Equipment Rental building on Lebanon Road. It is large enough to house a fire station, and the city's building  codes department, said Maness. 

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