Hewitt approves new $3.8M complex
To house Fire and Police
UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 11:30am
Hewitt, TX — At Monday’s city council meeting, an initiative was passed unanimously to fund the building of a 3.8 million-dollar complex to house both the Hewitt Fire and Police departments.
The passage was well received by the community, as well as the officers and city employees that work there.
The fire department is in a 60-year-old metal barn, but city manager Adam Miles said the police has it worse.
“It is an embarrassment at times," said Miles. "We’ve had people from the public come in and look around and they don’t understand how we’re operating out of such a poor condition of a building.”
John Tucker of Hewitt PD has been dealing with the building for 11 years now.
“The building’s old," said Tucker. "As you can see there are a lot of flaws with it. We outgrew it several years ago- It’s small. I’ve come in here before and seen four to five inches of water standing against this wall right here. I’ve gone to four different rooms to try and find one piece of equipment and I still can’t find it because we have no designated room to put everything in."
The average Hewitt household can expect to see a $2.27 increase in their monthly taxes. But in the long run, the city will save money on low interest rates, better insurance rates and have peace of mind that their city and its' defenders have proper resources to do their job.
Miles said, “I think Hewitt did a great job of making due with the facilities we had. The problem is we’ve outgrown them, and it’s time to move on.”