Milton council approves purchase of land for new fire station
City also receives grant for community swimming pool
June 7, 2005
Carmen Paige@PensacolaNewsJournal.com

Milton City Council members have agreed to purchase nearly 3 acres on Stewart Street for a new fire station.

Owners of the property have agreed to the city's offer of $250,000 plus closing costs. The 2.93 acres is two blocks from the current fire station on Bruner Street.

"In terms of response, it is an ideal and desirable location," John Reble, Milton's fire chief, told council members during Monday's executive session. "It is a fairly compact, relatively squared off piece of property with good road access."

Reble said the property, which is north of Movie Market, was on the initial list of available sites considered by the city's fire department project committee. However, it was ranked No. 5 because of the original $300,000 asking price.

Marilyn Jones, a council member and committee chairwoman, said she is glad the council is preparing to secure property for a new fire station, which she said will be an improvement for the city.

"This is going to be tremendous for the citizens as well as for the firefighters to have the fire station they deserve for all they do for the city," she said. "It's past time the firefighters have a quality facility."

In other business, the city has received a $200,000 grant through the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program for a swimming pool. The city will add money to the grant for the long-awaited pool, which will be built next to the Milton Community Center.

Mayor Guy Thompson said he hopes having the pool and offering swimming lessons will help prevent tragedies such as the one Saturday involving Alpha Lee Williams, 8, who drowned in Bagdad.

"It's sad to realize there are children that age who do not know how to swim," he said. "We hope to be able to prevent anything in the future for children of this community by offering lessons."

The City Council will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. June 14.
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June 7, 2005
Not getting my hopes up, this will be property # 2 that they have agreed to buy. I will believe it, when it gets built.