Adairville gets $500K grant for new fire station


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



An artist’s rendering of what the new Adairville fire station will look like when it is completed.


The City of Adairville has received news that they had been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $500,000 to build a new fire station for the Adairville City and Rural Fire Department according to an announcement from Tony Wilder, Director of the Department of Local Government.

Mayor Donna Blake first shared this at the city Christmas Dinner on Tuesday night.

State Representative Martha Jane King was told by phone at the dinner because Blake wanted to give her credit for all the work she has done and continues to do for our community as well as her entire district. Representative King was unable to attend the dinner and announcement due to being in Washington, D.C. for the summit on soldiers’ benefits.

“In the short time I have served as mayor, I have seen how passionate and dedicated Martha Jane is about her job,” Blake said. “She wants her district to get everything they can possibly get and she works tirelessly on making sure it happens.”

Blake added that she had never seen anyone more dedicated to her constituents than King. She also praised John Walton of the Logan Todd Water District for being a friend to the city.

Martha Jane introduced John to her early in her tenure and said he was someone she needed to get to know. Blake went on to say that John had taken her under his wing and introduced her to the people that she needed to know and gave her pointers about how to go about getting their attention about the things that Adairville needed.

This grant is evidence that his strategy works. Adairville was also awarded a $20,000 grant through Homeland Security earlier this year to buy a Polaris all-terrain vehicle that could be used in rescue in rough terrain.

The new fire station will be located on Highway 431 in the north part of the city limits on the spot where the old truck stop used to be. This land was donated by Lee Robey to the city earlier this year.

Blake said she looks forward to getting this project started early next year.

“It is way past time for our volunteer firemen to have a nice facility,” she said. “These guys give of their time and are very dedicated to the people of our community and they deserve to have a place that works, that they can be proud of, and one that allows them to do their jobs more efficiently. With the larger trucks, our city and rural trucks have been wedged in to the old facility and it is a miracle that they haven’t just thrown their hands up at times. We even have a new brush truck that is housed at Pro Solutions because of lack of space. This new facility will be a beacon as you come in from the north that says ‘Adairville cares.’”

An artist’s rendering of what the new Adairville fire station will look like when it is completed.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_AFD-6-SM1.jpgAn artist’s rendering of what the new Adairville fire station will look like when it is completed.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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