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Hendersonville leaders approve $5.7 million bond for fire hall, paving

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The Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing the issuance of a bond for $5,793,025 to be used for several city projects including the replacement of Fire Hall #2 on Free Hill Road.

The 30-plus-year-old facility was deemed unsafe by engineers late last year and houses a fire station as well as the fire department's administrative offices.

During discussion of the bond item, Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse again expressed concern about borrowing money for recurring expenses like paving. He made a motion that $125,000 designated for the construction of a horse barn for the police department's mounted patrol be removed from the bond.

"The horse barn we have now is beyond adequate and available to us at no cost," he said.

His motion died for lack of a second.

Besides the construction of a horse barn in the city-owned Volunteer Park, the bond money will also fund the construction of a new fire hall at an estimated cost of $2.4 million; $850,000 will be designated for paving projects throughout the city; $120,000 is designated for the resurfacing of inline hockey rinks at Veterans Park; $130,000 for Mary's Magical Place, a playground for special needs children and adults in Veterans Park; $880,000 for the purchase of two new fire engines; and $668,000 that will go toward the city's share of widening Drake's Creek and Stop 30 roads. Funds will also be used to build the city's share of a walking trail along Sanders Ferry Road.

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