City moves to acquire for 3rd fire station

City moves to acquire land for 3rd fire station

The Dickson City Council has taken the first step in adding a third station to the Dickson Fire Department to provide better protection on the east side of the city.

At the August 5 meeting, the council unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance to purchase property on Highway 70 with the intention of building  a fire station in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

According to the ordinance approved Monday. the city will purchase 2.8 acres on the northwest corner of Ridgecrest Drive and Highway 70 East from William and Faye Anderson of Knoxville for $87,500. The ordinance states all closing and document preparation cost will be equally split between the buyer and seller. 

The city included $125,000 as part of a $2 million loan from the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund in the 2019-20 budget for the acquisition of land and site work. A second reading on the ordinance to purchase the property is scheduled for a special session of the council following the Finance and Management Committee meeting at 6 pm Monday, Aug. 19. A closing on the purchase is expected to be scheduled in September.

After researching the potential sites and negotiating with their owners, Wesson said the Anderson property became the city’s top choice because it provides direct access to Highway 70 East and was within the city’s projected price range.

Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr., Wesson and Dickson Fire Department Chief Richard Greer met with Ridgecrest Drive residents in the immediate vicinity of the Anderson property first to inform them it was being considered and to address any concerns they might have.

The administrators met with the same residents last month to inform them of the city’s decision to purchase the site. Weiss said the residents will be given the opportunity to provide input and get updates when the city is ready to move ahead with design and construction of the fire hall.

“Our plan is to design the station to blend in with the neighborhood and to do everything possible to mitigate any intrusion by noise or traffic, to include a berm, natural buffer and improvements to the intersection,” Weiss said in a letter to the residents following the second meeting. “As we progress toward design of the station, I plan to keep area residents advised and involved so the City of Dickson and our firefighters can become good neighbors to the citizens we serve.”

Weiss and Greer have said the third station will reduce response times to fire and emergency medical calls on the east side of the city and provide additional access to the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park.

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