In a special called meeting last week, Mt. Juliet city commissioners passed a resolution to rescind their offer to sell Fire Station 3 to the county.
Recently city commissioners offered to sell to the county Station 3 in back of city hall. The city has leased the building to the county for $1 a year for a couple decades. Currently, Wilson Emergency Management Agency supplies fire service out of Station 3 to both the city and the unincorporated areas of Mt. Juliet.
With the funds from the sale, commissioners planned to purchase another building on the north end of town to operate a second fire station. City Manager Kenny Martin pinpointed the former Chief Rental Equipment building on Lebanon Road as a possible site for Station 2 at a cost close to a $1 million.
However, after some research, commissioners changed their minds and decided not to sell Station 3 to the county, but rather remodel the station and incorporate both the city’s second station and WEMA there. Fire Chief Erron Kinney said the location on Lebanon Road was not the best location for the station.
“There was no strategic gain [to purchasing another facility on Lebanon Road],” said Kinney.
Commissioners said there was plenty of room at Station 3 to hold both county and city fire personnel and apparatuses. He said the renovation costs would be about $50,000.
Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Luffman said if Station 2 was housed in the current fire station behind City Hall, coupled with Station 1, 90 percent of the city would be covered with fire service in a five-mile radius.
“This move is a considerably less capital expense,” said Luffman. “We already own the Station 3 building. It’s almost 100 percent coverage of our city.”
He said the city would save a considerable amount of money, “and that frees up capital to get a third station. “
“The goal is provide 100 percent coverage for the city,” said Luffman.