Volunteer fire departments to merge


By LPR Staff

In an effort to streamline operations and save more lives and property, the Lytton Springs and Niederwald volunteer fire departments are planning to merge to create the Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue.
During their regular meeting on Monday, the Caldwell County Commissioners approved the merger and committed the same level of

funding, approximately $5,400 per year, to the department.
The name change and streamlining of the boards of directors will be the most visible change, according to the Lytton Springs VFD chief Rick Beaman. Both stations will remain open, and the Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue will continue to serve the same areas.
The merger was requested in large part because the two departments most commonly respond together to area calls.
In other Court business, the commissioners agreed to officially abandon two stretches of county road that have not been maintained by the county in recent years.
The two roads, County Road 145B at Vine Hill Road and a portion of County Road 154 (Silver Mine Road) will be quit-claimed by the county and removed from the county”s unit road department.
In brief commissioners” news:
The commissioners approved the hiring of two reserve deputies.
Veteran”s Service Officer Larry Corpus reported service to a total of 85 pensioners in March, while fielding 346 phone calls, working on the “Parade of Flags” project and preparing for the Memorial Day celebration scheduled for May 30.
Judge Wright presented a report indicating that the county has spent $185,435.92 on indigent health care to date this year.
The Caldwell County Appraisal District collected $184,114.59 in taxes, including $433,029.69 in delinquent taxes, during March.
Justice Precinct No. 1 will apply for a grant from the Texas Department of Public Safety to update software systems in an effort to make reporting traffic conviction reporting easier for county staff.
The county paid bills for two weeks in the amount of $239,449.53.


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