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Ardmore Commissioners OK new fire station, control tower

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Ardmore Municipal Airport has plans to add a control tower. (KTEN) Ardmore Municipal Airport has plans to add a control tower. (KTEN)
The Ardmore Fire Department will build a new fire station on Veterans Boulevard. (KTEN) The Ardmore Fire Department will build a new fire station on Veterans Boulevard. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Ardmore is getting some much-needed improvements both in the air and on the ground.

The City Commission gave the green light to an FAA-approved control tower at Ardmore Municipal Airport. Military planes can't land at the airport without a control tower, and the city said a temporary facility will be established while the new one is under construction.

"This will allow them in the interim to have this temporary tower, which will allow for greater safety for the people who are flying in and out of the municipal airport as well as it will allow for the military planes to come back and land," Assistant City Manager Keven Boatright explained.

Commissioners also approved a new $1.6 million fire station on Veterans Boulevard to replace Station No. 3.

Fire Chief Cary Williamson said it will let the department cover areas of the city they've had difficulty with in the past.

"It puts us in a lot better situation to respond to the northeast portion of the city, and that's what we've needed is better coverage over there," Williamson said.

The chief added that he's excited about the new station, but even more so for his firefighters.

"Most firefighters go their whole career and never get a new fire station, and this will be an opportunity for the crew that we have now to get that opportunity," Williamson said. "It's really exciting, not only for us, but for the city of Ardmore as well."

Construction of the new fire station is set to begin in the next two weeks.

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