By Terri Ferguson Smith / email@example.com
The Meridian Star
Residents of the annexed areas of Meridian in the northeast part of town are a step closer to having their own city fire department.
Meridian Fire Station No. 9 will open this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Cheri Barry announced the ribbon cutting Tuesday at the Meridian City Council meeting.
Construction began last summer on the station that will be manned by four firemen and has a 25,000 gallon tanker that can pump up to 1,500 gallons per minute.
"The fire rating will improve and the fire insurance will come down for the people in the annexed area," Barry said. "This is something that was promised to them and we've been working on it now for the last four years."
In January 2012, MFD personnel began manning full time the Northeast Volunteer Fire Department in order to give coverage to the newly annexed northeast regions of Meridian.
"This is another celebration of Meridian working together with city and county," Barry said. "Northeast Lauderdale Fire Department has been extremely instrumental in helping protect the annexed area. We are most grateful for their partnership."
The work contributed by the Lauderdale Board of Supervisors was also important, Barry said, recalling that she asked Supervisor Hank Florey if the county could pave the road behind the new fire station.
"Hank went and had his team pave the road," Barry said. "I'm so proud of the partnerships the city and county have working together for the betterment of the citizens of Meridian and Lauderdale County."
The area will receive secondary coverage from stations No. 7 and No. 8.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the station's location at 245 Briarwood Road West. That's between Poplar Springs Drive and Highway 39 North.
Also on Tuesday, the City Council approved April 27 as Household Hazardous Waste Day for Meridian residents. Public Works Director Monty Jackson said there will be two locations to receive hazardous materials; at the Public Works Complex, 311 27th Avenue; and the parking lot of Dixie Bowl Lanes, 3510 North Hills Street.
Items that will be accepted are: aerosol cans, paint thinners, drain opener, antifreeze, used oil, tires, yard and garden pesticides, paints, corrosives, solvents, batteries, oil filters, fluorescent bulbs and cell phones.
These are items that should never be placed in cans for regular household garbage pickup because they contain chemicals that could damage the water supply.