Town­ship to seek bids to build a new fire hall in St. Cle­ments

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - FAISAL ALI

THE TOWN­SHIP OF WELLES­LEY will be seek­ing pro­pos­als for the con­struc­tion of a new fire sta­tion to re­place the cur­rent build­ing on Her­rgott Road in St. Cle­ments.

Meet­ing to vote on the mat­ter Tues­day evening, coun­cil­lors agreed the town­ship should seek out bids on the con­struc­tion of an en­tirely new fa­cil­ity rather than opt for a ren­o­va­tion of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture.

Though no fixed time­lines or costs have been set for the con­struc­tion, town­ship staff said they were hop­ing for a 2019 start, af­ter the fi­nal cost had been ap­proved in the 2019 bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions.

“It’s a big step. It’s some­thing they’ve been wait­ing for for quite some time,” said Mayor Joe Nowak.

The next step will be to put out a re­quest for pro­pos­als for con­struc­tion on the new fire hall, af­ter which coun­cil­lors would have to the ap­prove the cost in next year’s bud­get.

A fea­si­bil­ity study com­mis­sioned by the town­ship and car­ried out by the en­gi­neer­ing firm AECOM, de­ter­mined that the cost of retrofitting the cur­rent fire hall in St. Cle­ments, Welles­ley Fire Sta­tion No. 2, will cost al­most the same as re­plac­ing the en­tire build­ing.

Pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mates by AECOM sug­gest it would cost $1.9 mil­lion to up­grade the fire hall, ver­sus $2 mil­lion to sim­ply re­place the en­tire struc­ture and start from scratch.

The cur­rent sta­tion in St. Cle­ments was re­port­edly con­structed in 1979 fol­low­ing con­sid­er­ably older build­ing stan­dards. The fa­cil­ity would need to be retro­fit­ted to meet mod­ern re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of steel re­in­force­ments to in­crease the build­ing’s load bear­ing for “post-dis­as­ter” loads, new me­chan­i­cal and plumb­ing sys­tems, and im­proved in­su­la­tion.

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