NewsMay 22, 2024
Woodland Fire Protection District Chief Calvin Troxell updates Marble Hill Board on plans to relocate to a new six-bay station by winter, addressing needs for city services and a new access road.
By Linda Redeffer Banner Press
Woodland Fire Protection District chief Calvin Troxell 
Woodland Fire Protection District chief Calvin Troxell File photo

Woodland Fire Protection District chief Calvin Troxell updated the Marble Hill Board of Aldermen Monday night about the plans the district has for relocating to a new building and to ask the city to clear up a few of the district’s needs.

Troxell said the district hopes to move into the new location by this winter. Six years ago, he said, when the district formed and fire protection was no longer a city department, it was agreed that the new district would move to a new location in 10 years.

The district since then has bought four of the six acres the library owned directly behind the Dollar General store and has begun planning a new six-bay station with enough land behind it to provide training and eventually a helicopter landing pad for medical emergencies.

The station is planned to be in the city limits, Troxell said, but the driveway to it is on private land outside the city limits.

Troxell had asked that the city expand the lane off Highway 51 into a city street and name it Firehouse Drive. However, the driveway is just outside the city limits and must be given a county-generated name — in this instance, Egret Lane.

He said the district is negotiating with the owners of the remaining property, which was once planned to be used for a library, to see if they will petition the city to annex that part of the land into the city limits and be given a city name.

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Troxell also confirmed with city administrator Mike Johnson the fire station’s needs for water and sewage services.

In other business, the board of aldermen:

  • Approved Troxell’s request to lower the battery boxes on the city’s warning sirens to improve maintenance of them.
  • Received notification from the Department of Conservation that it will add extra days and other locations for hunters in deer season to have their harvest checked for Chronic Wasting Disease.
  • Approved a request to add picnic tables to the upper pavilion of Pellegrino Park.

Mayor Trey Wiginton announced that Chris Lutes has received his law enforcement training and is now working with the police department. He could not meet the board because he was on a call.

Wiginton publicly thanked Josh Freiheit of Southern Solid Waste for displaying a truck at the recent Big Truck Extravaganza. Also, the mayor encouraged residents to honor veterans at the Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the courthouse.

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