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January 15, 2014

Carthage council advances plan for fire substation site

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Long-standing plans for a south substation for the Carthage Fire Department moved a step closer on Tuesday when the Carthage City Council advanced measures to acquire land for the station.

The property — nearly three acres just south of Fir Road and east of Highway 571, just would come to the city as a gift from First Bank and Trust Company, Lubbock, Texas.

Tom Short, city administrator, said the bank acquired the property as part of a commercial development that went into foreclosure. The agreement for the donation, he said, was reached after city officials approached the bank about plans for the fire substation.

Final action on measures relating to the donation is set for the Jan. 28 council meeting. Short said that would clear the way for the city to seek proposals for an architect to design the new substation.

Carthage officials for years have discussed the need for a south substation and have evaluated several potential sites.


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