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Plans for fire training facility at Industrial Park push forward

Officials continue discussions with the Washington County Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association about establishing a fire training facility in the county’s Industrial Park.
During the Jan. 4 County-Owned Property Committee meeting, Mayor Dan Eldridge said he had met with the association members the night before regarding two questions.
“If for any reason the fire chiefs association decides not to use the land, the ownership would revert back to the county,” Eldridge said.
Because the fire chiefs association is a separate entity, the two acres would be deeded to the association if final approval is received from the county commission.
Eldridge said association members also had no problem with reserving 100 feet in the northwest corner for storm water retention.
The volunteer fire chiefs association approached the county about donating two acres of land adjacent to the Nakatetsu plant several months ago.
Eldridge said the land has no commercial value.
Having a fire training facility closer than the one in Bell Buckle would be more cost effective for the volunteer fire departments in the county that would be using it. Those departments include Embreeville, Gray, Fall Branch, Jonesborough, Limestone, Sulphur Springs, Nolichucky and Watauga.
Doyle Cloyd made a motion to approve the two agreements, and Alpha Bridger seconded. The motion passed on unanimous vote.
Approximately 18 acres remain unoccupied in the Industrial Park, according to Eldridge, who said that available land would require extensive grading before being built on.
“The Economic Development Council is marketing this for us,” Eldridge added.