ATASCOSA— At its September 25, 2014 meeting Bexar County Emergency Services District No. 5 (ESD) reduced and delayed its payment on the new Jarret Fire Station. District Commissioners invoked a clause in its contract with Jarret that allows the ESD to reduce its payment in cases of financial difficulty. The amount of reduction and time of payment was not determined at the meeting.
Though not receiving the funds it had expected under its contract with the ESD, Jarret Volunteer Fire Department dipped into its own funds and made the first payment of $60,000 to the USDA on time. Jarrent member Sammye Hynes told the Star, “Every member of the department contributed to the payment on the new station.”
The new station was financed by a loan from the US Department of Agriculture. The next payment is due in September of 2015.
The station is scheduled to open and begin operations in mid-October, having been delayed by the recent rains and scheduling with SAWS for water hookup.
The new station brings a modern fire station into the City of Von Ormy and will reduces response times into the city by about 5 minutes average.
Homeowners within 5 miles of the new station can also expect to experience a reduction in homeowners insurance rates.