Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Fiscal Court approved Resolution EC 17-21, which is an agreement between the county and the Lincoln Fire Department that allows funds from a state grant allocated to the county to be used for the building of a new fire substation located in the Lincoln Fire District. The station will be located on Union Light Road, according to Magistrate Johnny Brooks, about a mile past Union Light Church on the right.
Lincoln is the largest district in the county and firefighters regularly have to travel farther inside their own district to respond to emergency calls than any of the other districts. The new substation will decrease response time to some areas, especially around the lake. The new station is also supposed to decrease insurance rates in the area, according to Judge Wil Cannon.
The $297,000 grant was first applied for in 2015 but was denied. The county later re-applied for the grant and it was approved in April of 2106.
"We'd already hoped that construction would've been underway by now, but there are many steps that have to be followed, many of which aren't up to us," said Judge Cannon. "This is just another step in the right direction to see that the project moves forward."