According to a report from Greenville Sun, Tusculum, Tennessee, Mayor Alan Corley informed city’s Board of Mayor & Commissioners that a new Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) station could be built as early as this year.
In addition, commissioners also approved a resolution for Tusculum to apply for a Tennessee Small Cities Community Development Block Grant, which would be spent on purchasing a new ladder/pumper truck for the fire department.
Corley’s decision was based on the town’s local and state sales tax revenues exceeding projections.
Last year, the board approved rezoning a tract of land next to a multipurpose building on Alexander Street as the future site for a TVFD station. The multipurpose building currently houses fire apparatus, Department of Public Works vehicles, and other equipment.
Corley said an all-metal building similar to the Caney Branch (TN) Volunteer Fire Department’s station that was built in 2015 would feature several bays and a small kitchen area. Corley estimated the cost of the station to be between $350,000 and $500,000.
According to TVFD Chief Marty Shelton, the department also seeks to replace a 25-year-old truck that is nearing the end of its service life. The department will begin looking for a used truck in good condition that matches the city’s needs.