MIDLOTHIAN

After first choosing to not include a land purchase on the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, the Midlothian City Council approved an amendment Tuesday appropriating $908,003 from the unreserved fund balance to help relocate Fire Station No. 1 to Main Street.

In November last year, voters approved a bond package that included $9 million to relocate Fire Station No. 1 from Eighth Street in downtown Midlothian. With 2.067 acres of land purchased earlier this year in January, the city council closed a negotiation in April on a piece of property on the southeast corner of Main Street and US Hwy 287 Bypass where the fire station will be relocated.

“That package did not include the actual purchase on the land,” Finance Director Ann Honza said. “The intent was to purchase the property using unreserved funds from the general fund.”

Since the sale did not take place until the current fiscal year, Honza explained that an amendment was needed to appropriate funds from the FY2017-18 budget to fulfill the purchase.

“The $8.1 million that we put out for the fire station was not included,” City Manager Chris Dick explained. “Where we confused the issue is that we put [the relocation] into that reimbursement resolution, and it shouldn’t have been in there. That was an error on our part.”

After a brief clarification on some of the monetary aspects of the purchase, the city council unanimously approved passage of the amendment for the fire station’s relocation. Assistant City Manager Clyde Melick said the fire station is expected to be relocated by Fall 2020.

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David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX

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