According to a report from The Wilson Post, the seven-year wait for a new Mt. Juiet (TN) Fire Department (MJFD) station may be coming to a close after designs were completed last week and city officials now plan to review qualifying bids the final week of April.
MTFD Chief Jamie Luffman stated that a request for bids goes out March 24, with the town targeting the first week of May to begin construction.
Mt. Juliet purchased land from Wilson County Schools near Green Hill High School for $200,000. Construction costs for the station will be $3 million.
The new station will be 10,000 square feet in size with three bays. It will house an engine, a ladder truck, one ambulance, and (most likely) REHAB 23. Luffman will request nine new firefighters to man the station at a cost of $460,000 annually.
The city’s south-side fire station was operated on property tax funds the past seven years. It is currently funded out of the city’s general budget, similar to other city budgets; the same applies for the north station.