A new fire department pumper truck, the remodel of the city’s shop and maintenance facility, and a new centralized dispatch center are among the projects slated for funding in Denison in the next fiscal year.

A new fire department pumper truck, the remodel of the city’s shop and maintenance facility, and a new centralized dispatch center are among the projects slated for funding in Denison in the next fiscal year.


"We are still early on in our budgeting process, so our numbers are preliminary and are our best estimate so far," Interim City Manager Jud Rex said. "We are still awaiting final valuations by the appraisal district, and we hope to get those sometime around the first of August."


The Denison City Council received the preliminary budget for next year during its meeting on Monday. The city is expected to spend $3.6 million in 2016 on improvements and repairs to the city’s water infrastructure. This is one part of a greater $28.38 million series of upgrades over the course of five years. A $1.1 million waterline to expand from Loy Lake Road to FM 691 tops the list of projects for 2016.


Other water projects include a $650,000 waterline extending from Armstrong Avenue to Houston Street and work on the Parkdale ground tank.


The current version of the budget calls for the purchase of a new custom cab pumper truck for the fire department. This will allow for the retirement of a 22-year-old model that is two years beyond its useful life span. The city will pay off the new truck over the course of 10 years through annual payments of $52,000.


Another one-time expense for the city in 2016 will be the proposed creation of a central dispatch office at the police station. The $439,000 project will bring together dispatch personnel from fire, emergency medical services and police under the same roof in the basement of the police station.


"We are excited about the project," Denison Police Lt. Fred Tillman said. "It has been a long time coming."


Currently, EMS and fire dispatchers are located at the fire station while police dispatch is located at the police station. All emergency calls are taken at the fire station, creating some delays as calls are transferred to the PD, Tillman said.


The project also includes new furniture for the dispatch center, including desks designed for emergency dispatch. The project will be funded with money from the rainy day fund and the remaining contingency from the police station remodel.


Another major remodel project slated for next year will be for the city shop, which is in need of roof repair. Rex said the maintenance facility is over 30 years old and has never been remodeled. The remodel will add a break room and training facility to the building.


"One of the things we lack most there is adequate training space," Rex said. The project is budgeted for $275,000.


Rex said the staff would need more time to review other expenses, including pay increases for city workers, before adding them to the budget.