Woodbury's Board of Mayor and Aldermen won't be asked to approve funding for a new fire hall when they meet Tuesday night at city hall.
However, they will be asked to decide on one of three potential locations for one if they do decide to relocate the fire department, likely sometime next year.
According to Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick, the town has been pre-approved for an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to go toward establishing a new home for the fire department.
The grant would pay for 50 percent of the project, with the town contributing the remaining 50 percent.
Mayor Patrick estimates the total cost of relocating will be around $500,000.
The mayor said in order to complete the process of being approved for the ARC grant money, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen must decide where they want to move the fire department.
Existing facilities under consideration are the Jennings Motors Building on North Tatum St., the Woodbury Auto Express building on Highway 53 South, and the Precision Auto Sports building on Alexander Dr.
The existing Fire Hall was built in approximately 1960 and is in need of many repairs and expansion. The Fire Hall has (2) bays and the Town has (3) trucks. The existing building is basically a garage for storing the (2) Fire trucks with little other room for storage, training and meetings. Expansion to the existing facility is not feasible as the building and site are landlocked and restricted due to adjacent properties.
Because of the limits of the existing facility and expanding needs of the community, the town is proposing to relocate and expand the Woodbury Fire Hall. During a preliminary evaluation, it was determined there are several viable commercial/industrial buildings currently available within the City Limits that would serve the needs with minor modifications.
The relocation would be comprised of acquiring a suitable site and building with a minimum 4,000 square feet, bay storage for a minimum of (3) three fire trucks, one restroom with shower capabilities, one handicap accessible unisex restroom, one administrative office, one multipurpose/training room, and storage space sufficient for organization and access to equipment and materials.
Upon completion of this project, the Woodbury Fire Hall will have a minimum capacity of housing the (3) fire trucks with access, storage, and meeting space to meet the needs of the Fire Department.
Mayor Patrick said Woodbury Fire Chief Bill Johnston has examined all three proposed locations and indicates it is his opinion the former Jennings Motors building best fits the needs of both the department and the community.
The mayor also said an additional benefit of the Jennings' location is that the upstairs (street level) portion of the building could continue to be rented to a tenant. It is currently occupied by Antiques on the Square.
If the town does choose the Jennings' building and moves the fire hall into the lower level of the facility, it would displace the current tenant, Bromley/Jennings Auto Repair.
TOWN OF WOODBURY
BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
DECEMBER 6, 2011
• Call to order by Mayor
• Roll Call
• Approve the minutes of the November 8, 2011 meeting
• Consider adoption of proposed Ordinance No. 442 on first reading, an ordinance to amend Title 9, Chapter 2, of the Woodbury Municipal Code. (Business, Peddlers, Solicitors, Etc.)
• Update on ARC Grant for Fire Hall.
• Other Business
• Reports from Mayor, Committees, and Department Heads