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Town meeting set to discuss fire station

Hillsborough Fire Rescue officials say they won't make a decision about moving the No. 25 fire station in the city's Springhead section until they hear from area residents.

A town hall meeting was planned Thursday night at the Springhead Community Center, 3410 Nesmith Road, to talk about the relocation.

The county wants to build a new fire station 1 1/2 miles south from its current location on Coronet Road between Medulla and Cason roads. The fire house on Coronet would be closed.

Three sites are under consideration: On Nesmith Road a half mile south of the Nesmith and Trapnell intersection; on Trapnell Road a quarter mile west of Nesmith and Trapnell; and at the Springhead Community Park, 3410 Nesmith Road.

Chief Ron Rogers said the current fire house, which opened in 1974, is outdated, too small and too far north of the area it serves. He said the department will select a new site in a couple of weeks and bring its recommendation to the Hillsborough County Commission in September. Rogers said the project is budgeted at $2.9 million.

Cleanup of polluted site completed

The environmental cleanup of the former Hydraulic Hose and Cylinder site at 617-619 S Evers St. was completed last week. Workers removed 1,216 tons of contaminated soil and 178,100 gallons of contaminated groundwater, according to a report from City Manager Greg Horwedel. The site was polluted with petroleum.

The cost of the cleanup was about $233,000. The Environmental Protection Agency provided $200,000 toward the work.

The project was part of the city's Midtown redevelopment plan. Two other polluted sites will be cleaned up in connection with that plan, as well. The city wants to clean the former Gro Mor and Stock Lumber sites. Work on those sites has not been scheduled yet.

Check out cars at Strawberry Classic

The Strawberry Classic Car Show will be held Saturday and every third Saturday at 4 p.m., rain or shine, in downtown Plant City.

The show features cars from 1987 and older. Vendors offer food, and downtown antique stores remain open for shoppers.

Check-in is at 1:30 p.m. and registration at 3. Strawberry trophies are awarded by a committee. There is no registration fee. For details, call committee chairman Benny Lubrano at (813) 704-6830.

YMCA honors Miller with award

The YMCA Plant City honors David Miller at its annual Strong Leader Award Dinner Aug. 28 at Hillsborough Community College's John R. Trinkle Center, 1206 N Park Road. The cost is $75 per person or $1,000 to sponsor a table of eight. All proceeds give children and families a chance to benefit from the Y's life-enhancing programs and services in Plant City. For information call Eric Poe at (813) 757-6677.

Chamber plans BBQ judges school

The Plant City Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for its annual Kansas City Barbeque Society Judges School on Oct. 14 from 6-9 p.m. at Johnson's Barbeque. Fees are $65 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Call (813) 754-3707.

Rich Shopes can be reached at or (813) 661-2454.

Plant City community notebook 08/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:30am]
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