UNION COUNTY — At first glance a new fire station may not seem like an investment in economic development but that’s exactly what Union County is doing in allocating $600,000 to help the Bonham Fire Department move to a new location.
In a special meeting at the Buffalo Fire Department on Friday, June 24, Union County Council voted unanimously to allocate $600,000 from the county’s Economic Development Fund to the Bonham Fire District.
Supervisor Frank Hart said the allocation is to help the department move from its current location on Fire Station Drive to its new site on Oak Grove Road. Hart said the department has raised money and acquired the property and will be building a new fire station there. He said the $600,000 allocated by council is designed to help cover the costs the department is incurring in relocating to and building the new station.
Hart said that the fire department is currently located in the old Union County School District Bus Shop on SC 18 and will remain there until the new fire station is completed.
As for why the funds are coming from the Economic Development Fund, Hart said the current fire station is located adjacent to the Union Commerce Park and near the H. Mac Johnson Industrial Park, both of which are located between USC 176 and SC 18. As such, Hart said it is a prime location for future industrial development and so the allocation to help the Bonham Fire Department relocate is designed to open up the site for economic development, either in the recruitment of new industry or facilitating the expansion of existing industry.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.