Liberty Volunteer Fire District gets a new station after years of hard work

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 04:58 PM.

For some 13 years, Liberty Volunteer Fire District, a state special fire district, has had on its wish list a new station to be situated in the southern portion of the district. But, alas, it never came about.

Around 2007 they began looking for land on which to build whenever they could afford to do it. Several plots of land were checked and rejected, for one reason or another, until finally a nearly five acre plot was located and the owners were contacted.

After negotiations, the land was purchased. It was located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 90 and Woodyard Road/Beech Road . It was the former location of a couple of different motor hotels in the early to mid-20th century. It had several buildings still on the premises that would need to be cleared out in order to build. Ironically, the owners of the property also lived within the southern portion of the district.

Work began on the site by salvaging what could be salvaged and the remainder of the buildings were bulldozed. While all of this was happening, the fire board of the Liberty Fire District was attempting to find ways in which to finance a new station along with trying to decide just what type of station they would need.

Most of the population the district serves is located in the southern third of the fire district. City water service had been installed in most of the housing areas both north and south of U.S. Hwy. 90 and westward toward King Lake Road, the last north/south road in the fire district and near the western boundary of the district. A new station would better serve the entire population with a fast response time and the incentive of lower homeowners’ insurance.

Liberty continued checking on ways to finance a new station and finally found a series of grants that were opening up for new fire stations nationwide. The board agreed to submit applications for these grants to two organizations, hoping that one of them would be accepted.

The site had become “shovel-ready” for building, which meant district officials could start immediately with the project. Both of the requests ended up on the short list for approval and then it was just a waiting game.

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