New Fire Station Slated for District II
New station is a replacement for station No. 8
HENRY COUNTY, GA – January 15, 2019 – District II will soon be getting a new fire station, replacing fire Station No. 8, after the Henry County Board of Commissioners awarded the contract at the January 7 regular meeting.
Six responsive proposals were received and Commissioners approved a resolution awarding the contract for design/build services for the replacement of Fire Station No. 8 to J.R. Bowman Construction Co., Inc. of McDonough in the amount of $2,691,000. Commissioners also approved a budget amendment in the amount of $1,216,000 from Fund Balance to the Capital Asset Fund to meet the bid amount.
District II Commissioner Dee Clemmons gave a brief history of efforts to replace Fire Station No. 8 after it was closed in 2016 due to structural issues. Fire personnel have been working in a temporary fire station since that time and Clemmons was instrumental in closing the former station for the safety of personnel and making the new station a priority for the busy service area.
“If we are going to give the citizens what they need and if public safety is at the forefront, this is what they are bringing to us today. That station is needed and we need it to be a permanent fire station,” said Clemmons.
Chair June Wood commended Clemmons for her efforts and said she was pleased with the new location.
“I want to commend the staff and Commissioner Clemmons for getting engaged. I am glad to hear that we are being proactive knowing the growth that we are having. I am also very glad that we moving locations because the current location on Flippen Road is not good for citizens and neither is it good for the safety of our staff and fire equipment entering and exiting out of the complex,” said Wood.
The replacement fire station will be built on a new location because the present location is too congested with traffic and too small to accommodate the new three-bay design and wrap-around driveway needed to safely maneuver fire apparatus. Fire Station No. 8 will be located at 975 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge.