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Longview land offered for fire station

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The trustees of Longview Community Center, which has become little-used in recent years, have offered the property to Bedford County if the county will place an active fire station on it within three years, according to discussion at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee.

The county had been researching ways to have a second fire station in the northwest part of the county but hasn't found an appropriate site. The community center sits on a 1 1/2-acre site. The existing building would not be suitable; a new, climate-controlled building would have to be constructed with vehicle bays.

Committee members said they need to research the proposal, which they indicated sounded like a good investment for the county, to see if the county can afford it.

Bank building

In other discussion Tuesday night, County Mayor Eugene Ray noted that the pending purchase by the county of the Regions Bank building on the square is still in progress.

"We're moving closer to closing," said Ray.

Other than that, however, no mention was made of the courthouse overcrowding that forced grand jury arraignments to take place in a basement hallway on Monday. The county had, at one time, discussed placing some sort of courtroom facility in the bank building.

Other business

The committee approved surplus property declarations from the highway department and the solid waste department, including a dump truck, garbage containers and a crew cab pickup truck.

The committee said that photographs of current judges and of current and former county mayors or executives, to be hung in the courthouse, would need to be paid for by the subjects (or, presumably, their survivors) and would need to be a consistent size. Local artist Jerry Ward will be consulted for his recommendations about size and appearance of such portraits.

The position now known as county mayor was formerly known as county executive, and before that as county judge, even though it was primarily political, not judicial, in nature.

A discussion of how to re-mark a hazardous parking area at the southwest corner of the courthouse grounds was deferred at the request of committee member Billy King, who was unable to attend Tuesday night's meeting due to work.