The Brentwood City Commission unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Williamson County on Monday to build a joint emergency medical and response station on the same property as the new Brentwood Police Headquarters, located at 910 Heritage Way.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in September for the 56,000-square-foot facility. At $29 million, it is the city’s largest capital project to date.
Initial work on the project started in October of 2017, and funding will continue through fiscal year 2021.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes emphasized how the new police headquarters will help to improve response times due to the proximity of the facility to Interstate 65.
Williamson County will pay $1.25 million towards construction and other implementation costs towards the separate, 5,200-square-foot, shared EMS building, known as the Annex building, according to city staff notes.
“The county has been on board with that, and we’ve been working that into our design process,” Brentwood City Manager Kirk Bednar said. “The interlocal agreement formalizes all of the discussion that we’ve been having over the last few years with county.”
Commissioner Regina Smithson and Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little spoke in support of the interlocal agreement.
“The county has been really good in helping us on different projects,” Smithson said. “I really appreciate the county helping in projects like this.”
“I think it creates a synergy for the citizens when we cooperate like this on big projects and actually leads to efficiencies that get more for tax dollars,” Little said.