Krum council reviews options for buildings

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KRUM — City officials are looking at other options for a new fire station and public works building after a $2.8 million proposition for a new station did not pass during the recent election.

Five propositions were on the Krum ballot this month, but voters deadlocked 175 to 175 on the proposition for the fire station and public works building.

Of the five propositions, it was the only proposition voters did not pass.

Some of the other propositions that passed included $1.3 million in tax bonds for a 2,400-square-foot library and $500,000 in tax bonds for street improvements.

During a meeting Monday, the City Council discussed various funding options, including issuing certificates of obligation, which do not require an election, and possibly holding another election.

During a recent public forum, Public Works Director Adam Farguson said the fire station and the public works building are more than 40 years old, and those departments need more space.

“The city is growing and we need to be prepared to serve the city,” he said.

Krum Fire Chief Ken Swindle said he hopes to add more personnel and vehicles to the department’s fleet over the next few years.

During a recent presentation to the council, Swindle said a new building would help the fire station meet the needs of the department and the growing demands of the city.

City officials expect the station will be 13,500 square feet.

City officials have yet to make any decision regarding what direction to take.

The discussion Monday night was to inform council members of the other options they have to pay for the buildings.

Officials are expected to have further discussions regarding the developments during future council meetings.

Before the election, Financial Director Chris Speights said it would take $2.2 million to build the fire station.

The remaining $800,000 would be used to build the public works building and purchase the land needed for the buildings.

Farguson said the buildings will allow both departments to better respond to residents’ needs.

The city has plans to expand its boundaries and he said it needs to begin preparing for future growth.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.

 


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