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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 09/12/12
New BTFD fire hall could
be ready by December
by CHRIS GRAYThe Bruce-Romeo Fire Department's new Fire Station 3 could begin servicing the area as soon as December.
Observer Staff Writer
Through a number of special meetings of the Board of Trustees, various aspects of the new fire hall continue to receive approval to beat adverse construction weather.
Supervisor Jim Tignanelli said no one had bid on a number of items related to the construction of the fire hall, so the township had to send them out again.
Of them, two items that required approval were discussed at a special meeting on Sept. 10. These include vinyl siding and the painting of apparatus flooring. The results of the meeting were not available as of Observer print deadline.
"We're holding the special meeting to try and give these guys enough time to get started on these projects while the weather is still favorable," Tignanelli said.
As of Sept. 10, the footings and electrical work have been completed on the new hall, which will stand next to the current fire station on East Gates Street. Tignanelli said the anticipated occupancy date for the hall is December.
Of the bids examined at a special meeting held Aug. 20, the board only accepted the lowest ones to examine. The bids came out to $336,435.
The township also approved paying the Village of Romeo $8,680 in water and sewer tap fees.
At the meeting, Fire Chief Floyd Shotwell said the department talked of making a down payment that would leave $200,000 remaining and finance that amount. Clerk Susan Brockmann said the financing will be discussed in greater detail at the board's Sept. 19 meeting.
Treasurer Deborah Obrecht had wanted to handle the financing aspect of the process, as she had contacted numerous banks regarding the new fire hall. She said the Michigan Townships Association reported on the issue and said the treasurer usually handles financing because they have bank information.
However, other board members moved to have Brockmann continue the process. Obrecht voted against the motion.
The new fire hall will be 3,500 square feet and house two ambulances, one fire engine and 1,200 square feet for living quarters.