Oxford contracts fire station, EOC construction

Oxford StockBy Errol Castens
Daily Journal

OXFORD – Sometime next summer, Oxford residents should have a new fire station and a new emergency operations center at their service.

Aldermen voted Tuesday to accept a bid from Murphy & Sons Construction for just shy of $2.8 million to build the two structures just east of the post office on McElroy Drive.

The location is near the existing police station on adjacent Molly Barr Road.

Construction is expected to take about nine months, Mayor Pat Patterson said.

“It came in under estimate, so we feel really good about it,” he added.

The new fire facility will replace Fire Station No. 1, on North Lamar Boulevard, and No. 2, which is only a few blocks west on Washington Avenue near the University of Mississippi’s Sorority Row entrance.

City officials have long-term plans for another new fire station on the town’s east side, where most of its schools are concentrated.

The EOC will offer the city its first facility dedicated to emergency management. Funded 80/20 with a FEMA grant and city match, its structure and redundant mechanical, electrical and communications systems will be designed to function through a variety of weather and other emergencies.