LAWTON, Okla._We have progress to report on Lawton's new fire station. Tuesday night, the City Council voted to allow the construction bidding process to begin.
The council had tabled the item at their previous meeting after members pointed out the need to sync the completion of the fire station with the next fire academy, so the 12 new hires wouldn't have any lag time before moving into the new building.
That academy was set to start in February, but the council decided to delay it until after a construction bid is awarded. The hope is still to have station 8 fully operational by January of 2017.
The council also established a new policy to help residents offset the cost of an undetected water leak in the service line, or under the foundation of your home.
It would cap the city's reimbursement at $200 and only allow one adjustment per household per year, in addition to several other strict criteria.
City officials also set a special election date to fill the remainder of the late Stanley Haywood's term representing Ward 7. Last month, Councilwoman Gay Mcgahee was appointed to fill the position in the interim.