Wingate holds final fire fee discussion

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

The Town of Wingate will host its third and final public meeting about a potential fire fee. 

The fee would be $100 for residential properties and $200 a year for commercial properties within the corporate town limits. 

Town Manager Patrick Niland said the meetings have been "very poorly attended," but they have been receiving phone calls asking about the proposed fee. 

"The comments we've had have been positive so far," Niland said, though some resident do not think the fee is needed. 

Niland said the support is about three-to-one from the people he has heard from. 

The fee would go into a capital fund for a new fire station for the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department. 

"They are trying to build a new fire department," Niland said. "They have outgrown the one they're in." 

The department has to order smaller fire trucks because standards ones will not fit in the current building. 

The town owns a site about a block and a half away from the current station, Niland said. That is where they hope to build a new department.

The current building is more than 40 years old and the department has outgrown it, the notice said. The department has about 35 members and they respond to about 800 calls a year. 

After tonight's meeting, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the Jesse Helms Center, the Wingate Board of Commissioners will discuss the proposal, but will likely not vote on the item until March or April. 

The commissioners will also interview applicants for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and conduct their regular monthly meeting from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.