The Woolwich Observer

MARYHILL: Firefighte­rs welcome decision to build new rather than renovate

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what kind of response the township received, the work could be done as early as later this year or perhaps in 2023, said van der Hoff, noting arrangemen­ts will have to be made to find a temporary home for the equipment while the work is carried out.

“We’ve looked at opportunit­ies for keeping them on site but just based on the size of the site – it’s a very small site, space is limited and with the septic taking up a third of the site as well, it creates some challenges,” said.

Karley noted the goal is to find a space in the village to keep the trucks rather than making use of the Breslau station. Constructi­on in the spring and summer months – the build is expected to take about six months to complete, the same as the projected timeline for a renovation – would be more convenient if the trucks are going to be stored outside, he added.

“At this point, Breslau is the last option. We’d like stay close.”

In approving the change of course, council also backed the retention of Vallee Consulting Engineers, Architects and Planners, which had been part of the plan to renovate the existing building. The firm would provide project administra­tion and oversee the design and constructi­on of the facility at a cost of up to $70,000, minus some $37,000 in unspent fees the township has already provided, said van der Hoff.

The consultanc­y was something of a sore spot for Coun. Patrick Merlihan, who suggested the fees were a little high for oversight services.

“Getting $70 000 for six months of babysittin­g some constructi­on seems like a really good deal for the person doing the babysittin­g ,” he said.

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