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Posts published in “Day: June 9, 2016

Highlands FD building new station

HIGHLANDS – Construction has started on a new fire station #2 for the Highlands Fire Department, according to Chief Harvey Little.

The new building is going up on the same site as the previous Station #2, which has been demolished.

The building is a one story steel frame and masonry building that will house up to 5 emergency vehicles. These include a brush truck, a tanker, an ambulance, and several pumpers.

There are also sleeping quarters for eight, so the station can be fully staffed 24 hours, according to Chief Little.

The station is being built for ESD#14, the taxing body for the fire district. It will cost approximately $2 million dollars, of which the ESD will pay part, and the rest will be financed over a 10 year period. This is similar to the financing of Station #1 on San Jacinto Street by the railroad tracks, which is now fully paid off.

The building is approximately 7500 square feet in size. It also includes a reception area for the public, a Chief’s office, a conference room, a Day Room, and an adjacent kitchen. There is also storage, mens and womens toilets and showers, laundry area, and storage as required.

Construction of the building is expected to be complete by the end of the year, and in the meantime most of the equipment that was previously housed in the old Station #2 has been moved to Station #1. A communication tower that is at the back of the site will not be moved, and continue in operation. Contractor for the building is Cox Construction of Baytown.

HD128 Recount complete – results remain unchanged

BAYTOWN – Wayne Smith, Texas State Representative, District 128, issued the following statement:

“On election night, when the unofficial results were reported, we trailed by 23 votes. I was urged by friends and supporters to seek a recount. Results that close deserved to be double-checked.

“The recount is now complete. While there was a slight change in the numbers, the results remain unchanged.

“I want to thank the voters for the opportunity to serve. It has been my distinct honor and high privilege to have served the hard working men and women of District 128. For the past 14 years, I have worked on the issues that really impact the voters most. I leave with no regrets.

“Until my term ends in January 2017, I will continue to work to fulfill my responsibilities to the District and duty to the State of Texas; I genuinely enjoy the work. While the Regular Session is over, work on Interim Charges and other Committee work continues. I will continue to work as I have for the past 14 years.”