Suwannee Democrat


December 12, 2013

The stakes are set for new fire department in White Springs

Jasper — White Springs Town Manager Bob Farley isn’t letting any grass grow beneath his feet as he boldly moves forward with plans for the new fire department.

Farley explained that the stakes in the ground are, for now, just for planning purposes.

“The property has already been surveyed,” said Farley. “We have proper setbacks off the property line.”

The town, he said, will be paying the engineers about $21,000 to do the design work.

“They will get it designed and permitted,” he said. “With our grant application to CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), we get an extra 100 points for doing that.”

When it comes time for grant monies to be given out, that extra 100 points, Farley said, will give the town a much better shot at receiving funding.

If everything works out as planned, Farley said, “We get $600,000 free. So, we spend $21,000, but we get $600,000.”

Farley said the grant monies do not have to be repaid.

Meanwhile, the short term fix to help satisfy ISO (Insurance Services Office) requirements is moving forward. Farley said he submitted a design to the county, who approved it, and the list of supplies has been sent to Howland’s.

“They’re going through the list now to make sure they got everything,” said Farley. “As soon as they say we’re good to go, we’re doing a purchase order, having the material shipped here, and then we will coordinate with Hamilton CI for the inmate crews to build it. We’re trying to get it done before Christmas.”

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