MARTIN — A report on Corps of Engineers projects and the construction of the new fire department was given during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Mayor Thomasine Robinson said after conferring with the contractors, the new fire department, currently being built on the City of Martin redevelopment site, will not be completed until October.
Robinson says the contractors and subcontractors had a disagreement, and that the building had fallen a little behind, though it was still on schedule. “We’re still on schedule and we should see walls go up in August,” said Robinson.
Robinson said that she had also talked to the Corps of Engineers and that they would be tearing down nine more buildings in old Martin. According to Robinson, nine locations on June Street are set for demolition to begin in September.
Council members asked about when the Corps might get to some of the abandoned buildings on Main Street.
“They’re not buying buildings on Main Street,” Robinson replied. “They’re not interested in vacant buildings at this time.”
Robinson said that the Corps is more interested in getting people moved, rather than buying vacant property.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council announced that the Red, White and Blue celebration will be held on the third weekend in September. The first meeting of the Red, White and Blue committee will be held Thursday, August 2.
Bobby Dingus was the lone councilman not in attendance during Tuesday’s council meeting.