A Lamar County fire department will soon have another truck to add to the fleet.
Thursday morning the Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a fire engine for Rock Hill Fire Protection District for $266,977. This pricing, per the Houston-Galveston Area Council was pre-approved.
The board approved to finance a 10-year roughly $240,000 for the purchase of the engine for Rock Hill. Rock Hill will pay around $27,000 for a down payment and then make annual loan payments.
In 2009,when trucks were purchased for other departments the Rock Hill District did not have an engine purchased, because they had no place to house a truck properly.
“When Rock Hill got started, they actually got started with an engine parked in the fire chief's front yard,” said Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stevens.
The new truck will have a 1,850 gallon tank, which is a bit larger from the other tanks in the county.
Other actions during the supervisors meeting:
-The change in the comprehensive plan, change in zoning and conditional use for a dirt pit/dirt mining located at 473 Burnt Bridge Road was voted and approved, 4-1, Supervisor Phillip Carlisle opposed. Additional beautification as far as hedges and other aspects will be discussed at a later date.
-A change order in the amount of $15,992.47 with Jay-Van Company for work on the 911 Dispatch Center, (Technology Additions) was also approved by the board.
- A $900,000 construction project involving a 10.5 mile stretch of Purvis-Columbia Road was mentioned. The project includes sections from Boggy Hollow out to Beach Road, as well as other sections, some of which have not been resurfaced recently. The project has yet to be bid on, and will require more time for drawing up plans to submit. Lamar County Engineer Don Walker hopes to have a contractor on site by May or June.
-In a previous job fair held in Purvis by the Area Development Partnership, 46 jobs were offered as a result of the fair.