Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

April 27, 2013

OUR VIEW: Atwood right in need for new fire station in Glasgow

GLASGOW — Recently, we’ve reported on city departments’ budget requests. Glasgow Fire Chief Tony Atwood presented a long-range vision in which he stated the fire department needs a new fire station on the northwest side of town in the vicinity of Beaver Trail Park.

After some thought and discussion, the realization was the fire chief is correct in the need for another fire station somewhere along the Veterans Outer Loop, but not a third station.

Consider the location of the two fire stations the city has now. One is downtown and the other is on L. Rogers Wells Boulevard near the train tracks. At certain times of day, traffic in those areas makes it difficult to quickly get to some areas of our community.

A fire station near or on Veterans Outer Loop with quick access to the interchange with Ky. 90/Happy Valley Road and the Cumberland Parkway would give fire personnel the ability to respond to calls anywhere in Glasgow with haste.

A new fire station in northwest Glasgow would allow the station on the boulevard to quickly respond to calls in the heart of Glasgow. Both stations could also respond more quickly to major calls throughout the community.

As city leaders prepare for next year’s fiscal budget, they must also consider how Glasgow will look in 10 or 20 years and begin planning for the future.

There will be no need for three fire stations, only two. The one to be built near the Outer Loop and the one on the boulevard. The downtown fire station will be unnecessary at that point for the fire department.

What to do with that property? Either sell it or move the Glasgow Police Department back in there instead of paying more than $400,000 for a piece of property that’s presently valued at $182,800, according to the property value administrator’s website. The property, formerly the home of Venture Contracting, sold for $91,000 in 1994. That property is the one the GPD is presently leasing for $4,500 a month with an option to buy at any time during the 3-year lease for $415,000.

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