Forest service eyes new facility at airport
By Lisa Treiber-Walter
Although normally known for extinguishing fires, the Texas A&M Forest Service has sparked a wildfire of enthusiasm among Gillespie County Commissioners at the prospect of building a regional hub here.
“I think it’s certainly a project that comes around once in a lifetime and we need to figure out some way to implement it,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, following a presentation by local and state Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) representatives at Monday morning’s regular county court meeting.
“The sooner the better,” responded Paul Hannemann, a Fredericksburg resident who serves as TFS’ statewide incident response department head.
Being proposed for construction at the county’s business park area adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport is a 100-foot by 120-foot metal building that stands 16-feet high and features four 30-foot bays for equipment maintenance. One of the bays would feature a concrete slab and be closed in to serve as office space.
“This has been under discussion for many years, said Garry Barney, TFS regional fire coordinator in Fredericksburg, as he presented a PowerPoint presentation to the commissions reiterating the Forest Service’s mission and its organizational structure.
Previously, the TFS office was based locally in the county’s Annex 2 building, 102 East San Antonio Street (in the former Fredericksburg Clinic building).
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