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Stanley Valley fire station renovated with inmate labor, county funding

March 17th, 2014 10:01 pm by Jeff Bobo

Stanley Valley fire station renovated with inmate labor, county funding

Stanley Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stacy Vaughan supervises Hawkins County Jail inmates who are helping to renovate the station. Photo by Jeff Bobo.

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Jail inmates are providing the labor for a renovation project at the Stanley Valley Volunteer Fire Department station, and on Friday the County Commission's Public Buildings Committee agreed to pay for the materials.

On Friday, Stanley Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stacy Vaughan attended a joint meeting between the commission's Buildings Committee and Public Safety Committee.

Vaughan said he expected the cost of materials to be between $2,000 and $2,500, and he asked the Buildings Committee if it would be willing to split that expense with the fire department.

The SVVFD station is in a county-owned building which is also utilized as a voting precinct and a community center.

Vaughan told the committees that the fire department would cover the cost for materials, regardless of whether the county could provide funding assistance, because the building needs improvements.

He noted, however, that the SVVFD has a $6,700 insurance bill pending, and every penny that he can recoup on the renovation cost would be appreciated.

"If we're getting the labor for nothing, I don't see why the county shouldn't just pay the whole thing," said committee member Dwight Carter. "It's a benefit to the area up there and the community uses it. The fire department serves the community, and the county uses it for elections, so it needs to be nice."

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