Williamson County officials approved a plan that would allow a temporary fire station to continue serving residents of a rapidly developing swath of Franklin that would otherwise face dangerously long emergency response times.
A proposed lease would give the city space at the county’s Ag Expo Center for a small firefighter living areaand a temperature-controlled pole barn for equipment, Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said earlier Monday.
The temporary station is expected to cost Franklin up to $150,000 — none of which would be rent to the county under the proposed plan. In exchange Stuckey said the county would be able to keep the pole barn after a permanent firehouse is built.
County commissioners unanimously supported the proposal.
Next, city officials will decide whether to move forward, Stuckey said, adding that the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen is slated to consider the plan on Tuesday in advance of a final vote later this month.
The fire station, which has been operating out of the Ag Expo Center’s “green room,” was set up in response to a catastrophic tanker truck explosion that destroyed a key bridge in the area.
But even after the Peytonsville Road bridge over Interstate 65 was reopened, the area continued to see an influx of new residents, who lived far away from the nearest permanent fire station. City officials said the temporary station filled a growing gap in emergency services.
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