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May 1, 2014 6:05 PM

Bond 2008 Project for Fire Station on Hold

CORPUS CHRISTI - There is more fallout from the city's study on the Fire Department. Now a bond project you voted for is on hold.

That study, released back in March, says Corpus Christi doesn't need any additional fire stations. But as you may remember, back in 2008 voters approved $2.1 million to build a new fire station. Now some City Council members are looking at killing the project and using the bond money somewhere else.

"The voters voted very clearly back in 2008 to have their fire station built," said Fire Association President Carlos Torres.

It's project number 34 on the bond list. According to City Engineering, the project is now on hold. So has the breaks been put on building the new station?

"What the study found out was that we didn't need it," said Councilman David Loeb.

The new station was supposed to be built on Ayers between Holly and Saratoga. But because of the the study's results, some council members are considering getting rid of the project all together and using the money to improve existing stations and technology in the department.

"Those things would probably be better to spend the money on then spending the money on a fire station that it looks like we don't need," said Loeb.

No decision has been made on what to do. But Loeb says there is a good chance the council will be going to taxpayers to make the decision.

"I imagine at some point we're gonna have a discussion about going back to the voters and asking them to redirect that money," said Loeb.

If that happens, the Firefighter Association President says they will fight back.

"What we're prepared as an association to do is to basically walk the neighborhoods out here. Walk the entire area that station number 18 would service and appeal to the voters in the citizens of this community to have their station built," said Torres.

If the city goes back to the voters, Loeb says it will most likely happen in the November 2016 bond election.

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