by Walker County News Today staff
At its most recent regular meeting (December 4, 2018) the Huntsville City Council formally initiated a process that will ultimately result in the building of new Police and Fire Stations in the City.
Council took action to a Resolution “authorizing the City Manager, Finance Director, City staff and the City’s financial adviser and bond counsel to proceed with all necessary processes and documents in connection with the sale of Proposition 1 bonds for Public Safety facilities projects.”
Proposition 1 was one of three Propositions on the November 2016 City ballot asking the voters to approved large general obligation bond sales to finance Public Safety Facilities, City Service Facilities and City Waterworks and Sewer Facilities.
As previously reported the City Council previously authorized the sale of $52.83 Million in bonds to finance the Proposition 3 City Waterworks and Sewer Facilities.
The action taken Tuesday night would authorize the sale of an additional $31 Million in bonds for the new Police and Fire Stations. The sale of Proposition 2 bonds for City Service Facilities have yet to be authorized.
The new City Police Station will be located at the corner of FM 2821 and Rosenwall Road on the north side of the City.
The new City Fire Department will be located at the site of the current Fire Station on Sam Houston Avenue near the university in the central part of the City.
In other business the Council also approved the creation of additional paid parking spaces in the university campus area, this time on 17th Street near Bowers Stadium. Previous similar actions have been met with objections by student groups and others in the campus area and the council vote was not unanimous. Councilmembers Ronald Allen, Paul Davidhizar and Clyde Loll voted against.