D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville and Harrison County have reached an agreement about fire protection in the city. And that agreement will be voted on at meetings Monday and Tuesday.
An item on Monday's Harrison County Supervisors agenda says the county is ready to help the city build a new fire station. The D'Iberville City Council has the same motion on their Tuesday agenda.
According to D'Iberville City Manager Bobby Eleuterius, the plan is to finance construction costs through a South Mississippi investment corporation to get the lowest interest rates. "It's a way to think out of the box. Instead of having to pay $2 million in front. They'll give us the money, we'll build it over 15 years and after that 15 years for one dollar we'll own the facility," said Eleuterius.
The $2.8 million project will be built on land directly in front of the warehouse the firemen are currently using.
The fire station will be a two story, 14,000 square foot facility that can stand up to 160 MPH winds. Fire Chief Gerald Smith says it's been hard not having a station to call home. "The old station we were kind of getting bunched up in and we were getting crowded. With the new station we've designed it for the future so we've got room to grow in," said Smith.
The chief says his firemen have done what they could working out of the storage building and trailers, but he hopes all that changes soon.