Miller Grove Volunteer Fire Department recently announced that despite all efforts their new station won’t be completed in time for a grand opening ceremony this week.
The event, slated June 13, has been postponed until a later date.
“I apologize for any activities you may have skipped to attend June 13, but I’m not confident the new station will adequately accommodate the public by this date. The new date will be announced in the Sulphur Springs News Telegram, Star 95.9 Radio Station and our website: www.mgfdtexas.com,” noted Ronald Flecker, MGVFD assistant chief and building committee chairman, in a letter for residents and supporters of Miller Grove submitted to the News-Telegram.
Flecker cited both “controllable and uncontrollable issues” as cause for the delayed opening of its new station, located a mile north of the current station on FM 275. Rain delays and lack of running water and a septic system were noted as the top issues.
“We will continue to work hard on the station, and there is a slight chance of completion [in] June, but even then, there are unseen obstacles to overcome,” Flecker said.
The first phase of construction was expected to cost $70,000 and involved ground work, concrete and putting up the shell.
The second phase, which would bring the project to an overall $100,000 to $120,000 value, involves finishing out the insides, including a a room with a kitchen area and for training, and is expected to take a bit longer.
The installation of a new truck in the station house will not only provide additional fire protection for area residents, but is also expected to lower the county’s ISO rating one point. For area residents, that means additional insurance savings.
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