After stepping back from a decision following comments from two citizens, Brownwood City Council members will once again consider approving city-owned property at the corner of East Congress and Chandler as the location for a new central fire station when they meet Tuesday.
Council members tabled action on approving the site at their Aug. 14 meeting after retired contractor Al Faetche and former council member Ed McMillian said they don't think that site is a good location for the new station.
Faetche said then that he had visited the existing station, at Main and Austin. Faetche said a firefighter told him the only issue with that structure is fiddling a better way to back the trucks into the bays.
Fire Chief Del Albright said then that there are numerous issues with the existing station including traffic and infrastructure.
The proposed site at Chandler and East Congress is on the northwest corner of the intersection and is north of the Lehnis Train Museum.
The city's architect, Brown Reynolds Watford, which has offices in several Texas cities, analyzed two locations as possible sites — East Congress and Chandler and the existing station at Main and Austin. Since the August meeting, city staff has reviewed three other locations and eliminated them for reasons including neighborhood impact, acquisition costs, displacement of homeowners and site preparation costs.
Building a new central fire station is one of several city improvement projects funded by the issuance earlier this year in $10.75 million in certificates of obligation.
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall.