Best ISO rating to top 90 percent of West Lake with new substation

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

More homeowners in the West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area may get lower insurance rates if a new substation is approved for Lake Limestone Park No. 3.

Limestone County commissioners heard an update at their Sept. 26 meeting on the Department’s request to put in a substation at the park.

Park No. 3 is actually on the east side of Lake Limestone, because according to West Lake Fire Chief Allen McWhirter, West Lake VFD’s area extends to both sides of the lake at its northern end.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court that work is proceeding on the request but that some legal aspects need to be completed first.

“We’re working out the details on that with their attorney, and they’ve got a location picked out for that,” he said.

The Road and Bridge Department has stored some dirt there, he noted, but the planned substation would not interfere with it.

“You could still access the park; that wouldn’t be changed, and there’s lots of room out there,” he told the court. “They had also indicated they’re going to fence in an area for the fire station if all this is approved; and that the county is welcome to keep equipment – we have equipment in that area, parked inside the fence. So we’ll be doing that as we get the paperwork done, but then we’re going to have that area surveyed off, what they think they will need for the fire station.”

Other legal details involve getting formal permission from the Brazos River Authority, which gave the land to the county for recreational use. Burkeen said the BRA is supportive of the fire station’s plan for the substation.

“We’ve just got to work that all out with them, make sure all the paperwork is right,” he said.

After the meeting, Burkeen said the substation is proposed to be built on a small side road just inside the park entrance off FM 3371, which is one of the main entrances to the park.

“They want to put the fire station here, with doors on both sides, where they can just drive through, drive out,” he said. “That will put them closer to a lot of the houses over in that area. We’ve been talking about it a long time; we just never got all the details worked out.”

Having the substation at Park No. 3 would spread the fire station’s coverage farther across its response area, which both Burkeen and McWhirter said would be significantly better for homeowners there.

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