City funds repairs at Fire Station No. 2

By By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
Sept. 4, 2002
After months of hearing complaints from firefighters and fellow councilmen, the Meridian City Council voted Tuesday to spend up to $20,000 for repairs at Fire Station No. 2.
The money will be used to fix a leaky roof, moldy ceilings, peeling paint and possible asbestos problems at the 902 Grand Ave. fire station. Councilmen didn't say when work will begin.
Councilmen voted 4-1 to fund the repairs, with Ward 5's Bobby Smith casting the sole "no" vote. Smith said he didn't believe Fire Station No. 2 needs immediate repairs because the city plans to build a new station.
The Tuesday vote came more than six months after Meridian firefighters began publicly complaining about what they said are poor living conditions at the station.
Mike Sims, president of the firefighters' union, said Tuesday that he was "glad to see them doing something. It definitely needs it."
Henson originally suggested funding the fire station repairs in the city budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Councilmen have been working on the budget much of the past month.
On Tuesday, though, the council chose to take immediate action.
Ward 4 Councilman Jesse Palmer Sr. said repairs are long overdue. Palmer criticized Fire Chief Bunky Partridge, who has said he favors building a new station over repairing the existing one.

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