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Eagle Ford: ESD No. 1 plans stations
LA VERNIA -- Planning for the future is a continuous process for the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 1 board of commissioners. This was a dominant theme of the board’s May 9 board meeting.
Board President Roberta Ensor said following the meeting that an architect has submitted a preliminary design for a new building for Station 2 La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department. This station is located near the intersection of F.M. 775 and F.M. 3432 in the northwest corner of the district.
The board also is considering moving the small, metal-sided building at the Station 2 location to what will become Station 3, located off F.M. 539 in the southeast corner of the district. Ensor said the board received an estimate for moving and placing the building, but that action would be taken at a later date.
Also during the meeting, the board discussed the status of the preplanning efforts being undertaken by the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department, which is the district’s fire-service provider. The goal of preplanning is for the department to become familiar with the area’s public and commercial buildings, so that they might be better prepared in the event of a structure fire. “There are a number of buildings that still need to be preplanned, with new buildings being built every day,” Ensor said. “We will be contracting this task out in order to help the fire department with documenting the existing buildings.”
Planning also will occur as the district strives to ready Rehab 1 -- a bus that will be used to provide services to firefighters at fire scenes -- for duty. The ESD was unsuccessful in its attempt to receive Guadalupe Valley Electrical Cooperative’s PowerUp grant funds, which would have helped the district to purchase items, including a carbon-dioxide minimizer. Now, Ensor said the board decided to outfit Rehab 1 with a bare minimum of equipment needed to make it functional before the summer heat descends upon the region.
In other action, the board voted to make Treasurer Bill Mercado the ESD’s investment officer, for which Ensor said he will attend training in San Antonio.
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