Graysville breaks ground on new fire hall

The City of Graysville broke ground on Saturday for a new fire hall.

Though the new fire hall was approved earlier this year, the Graysville Board of Mayor and Commissioners passed a resolution in April to pay for any additional cost of constructing a new fire hall, and construction could even be complete within one year.

In March, at special-called meeting at city hall, Graysville officials awarded the construction bid to H&M Management Services and announced the project will cost nearly $398,000.

A state grant will cover nearly $250,000 of the total cost, city officials said.

Graysville Mayor Ted Doss said that H&M Management Services was given 255 days to complete the project.

“[H&M Management Services] said they could probably start within eight to 10 weeks once we get this passed,” Doss said.

Doss said that nearly $250,000 state grant has already been awarded to the city. The additional cost has already been budgeted for, city officials said.

“We do have the money to go ahead with this,” Graysville Commissioner Charles Kaylor said at a previous meeting.

City officials said that the new fire hall will be constructed adjacent to the Graysville Municipal Building, located on Harrison Avenue in Graysville.

In addition to housing offices and fire trucks for the Graysville Volunteer Fire Department, the facility will also likely house a satellite office for Rhea Ambulance Service, Doss said Monday.

The ambulance service will likely pay rent for its portion of the facility, as the ambulance service currently does in Spring City, Doss said.