City's fire department on the move again
by JENNIFER COHRON
May 16, 2013 | 1348 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova Fire and Rescue has already begun the process of vacating the old high school, which is slated for demolition this summer.

Fire chief Dean Harbison told the Cordova City Council on Tuesday that his department’s offices should be relocated to the VFW as early as next week.

“All we will be using the high school for is to store the trucks as long we have the good graces of the Board of Education. When they give us the exit date, then we’ll be coming out,” Harbison said.

Until funding can be secured for a new fire department, its vehicles and equipment will be stored at the VFW, which already houses the police station.

City officials are considering installing a system of security cameras to benefit both agencies.

The fire department, which lost its facility in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, has been in the school gym for approximately a year and a half.

The Walker County Board of Education voted last month to proceed with tearing down the 1940-era structure.

BOE chairman Brad Ingle and board member Bill Edd Gilbert attended Tuesday night’s meeting to address the issue of demolition.

Ingle reiterated Superintendent Jason Adkins’ earlier remarks that the gym would be too expensive to save.

Ingle said the best timeline currently available for the project is late June or early July.

When asked about the board’s plans for the property, Ingle said there are not any other than leveling off the lot and planting grass.

“If we can, we may leave the foundation where the gym sits so that maybe we can put a building on it later, but for the short term we are just going to level it off,” Ingle said.