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January 29, 2014

Carthage council accepts land for new fire substation

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A donation of land for a south Carthage fire substation and other gifts to benefit the fire and police departments were approved by the Carthage City Council on Tuesday.

The council approved on final reading a measure accepting land donated by a Texas bank that will serve as a building site for a south Carthage fire substation. Also approved were resolutions accepting a $10,000 donation to the Carthage Police Department and the donation of furniture to the fire department.

Police Chief Greg Dagnan said money to the police department, from an anonymous donor, will be used for building repairs. Fire Chief Chris Thompson said chairs and ottomans given to the department by the Wright Family Partnership replace furniture fire crews have been using since the 1980s.

Carthage officials for years have discussed the need for a south substation and have evaluated several potential locations. Land for the site  —  nearly  three acres just south of Fir Road and east of Highway 571, is being donated by First Bank and Trust Company, Lubbock, Texas.

City officials approached the bank about plans for the fire substation after the bank acquired the property as part of a commercial development that went into foreclosure. Tom Short, city administrator, said the next step will be hiring an architect to design the new building.

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