Good­man Seeks An­swers For Fire Sta­tion

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

Good­man Area Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict of­fi­cials hope to put to­gether some an­swers af­ter the dead­line closes for bids on con­struc­tion of a new fire sta­tion and de­mo­li­tion of the prop­erty.

Of­fi­cials have said they are search­ing for the best pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for a new fire sta­tion af­ter the Main Street lo­ca­tion was severely dam­aged in the April 4 tor­nado that ripped through town.

Those in­ter­ested in sub­mit­ting a bid were asked to spec out how much it would cost to de­mol­ish the Good­man State Bank build­ing at 127 E. Main St., the Good­man Fam­ily Clinic build­ing at 125 E. Main St., and the build­ing at 115 E. Main St.

Of­fi­cials also put out to bid plans for re­build­ing the Main Street Fire Sta­tion at its orig­i­nal site.

Bids closed at 8 a.m. Thurs­day, Aug. 17.

Board mem­bers are want­ing to uti­lize a $214,000 in­sur­ance check to re­build the fire sta­tion af­ter the EF-2 tor­nado de­stroyed it.

Board mem­bers are con­sid­er­ing two main op­tions, which in­clude re­build­ing the fire sta­tion at its former lo­ca­tion or build­ing a new fire sta­tion on land across from Good­man State Bank.

Good­man Area Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict Board mem­ber Jim­mie Mor­gan said board mem­bers hope to get some an­swers but may have to dig a lit­tle deeper. The bids ini­tially didn’t garner much in­ter­est.

Mor­gan said the process may have to be re­bid.

The board is also ask­ing its cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant to put to­gether some fig­ures and some fi­nan­cial pro­jec­tions.

“We’re try­ing to build a fire sta­tion but we’re try­ing to do it right,” Mor­gan said.

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