New fire station reviewed

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Everything is a-ok for the new fire station on Stateline Drive, the Holiday Island Planning Commission told Fire Chief Jack Deaton Friday.

Because the building is government-owned, it does not need a permit or formal approval, commissioners noted. Deaton brought in a set of plans for the commission to keep on file.

The 2,000-square-foot building will be stick-built on Parcel A and have an address of 287 Stateline Drive, he said.

In order to avoid flooding problems, the pad had to be raised an inch above the middle of the road at the front and 6 feet above grade at the rear because of the slope.

"It will be a place to store trucks," Deaton said. "There will be no bathroom. A [firefighter] family who lives close by will be picking up the truck if there's a fire."

The building will also have a storage area for the Fire Auxiliary to store items prior to its fund-raising sales. Deaton said there will be a one-hour firewall between the storage area and the rest of the station.

Commissioner Nile Carrothers asked about ownership of the first lot platted in Holiday Island, on Stateline Drive and County Line Road, as a possible site to place a bus shelter. A member of the Holiday Island Rotary Club, he said Rotary plans to move all three shelters it purchased years ago for schoolchildren to wait in during inclement weather, as the shelters are not being used enough in their present locations.

"We went to the bus drivers and asked where they pick up the most kids," he said.

Possible locations will be scouted out for ownership to see if they are available for siting the shelters.

The commission regularly meets the first Friday of every month at 9 a.m. at its office in the Park Shopping Center at 1 Parkcliff Drive, Suite D. For more information, visit www.hiplanningcommission.com or call Corky at 479-253-7511.

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