December 20, 2014

Fire Hall bidding to begin

Pre-bid meeting to be held May 12

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The Standish Area Fire Authority is currently housed in this building at 909 W. Cedar Road. in Standish. Fire chief Mitch Oliver said the department has been housed in the building, owned by the city of Standish, for approximately 35 years. Pre-bidding for construction of the new fire hall will begin May 12.
By James Kuch
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STANDISH — Contractors will have the opportunity this month to bid for the construction of the new Standish Area Fire Authority Fire Hall.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held Thursday, May 12, at 2 p.m., at the current Standish Area Fire Authority facility, located at 909 W. Cedar Road in Standish. Sealed bids will be accepted by the Standish Building Authority for the construction of the 7,200-square-foot building.

Consulting Engineer Adam Ball of Surveying Solutions Inc. (SSI) said any potential contractors will be required to be at the pre-bid meeting to become a potential prime contractor. SSI is in charge of surveying and site planning for the construction of the new fire hall.

Bids will be received until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, by the Standish Building Authority at Standish City Hall.

Ball said one prime contractor could be selected.

“The bidding is open for any potential contractor,” he said.

Fire Chief Mitch Oliver said he has been receiving inquiries about the project since it was announced.

“I have directed all of those calls to SSI,” he said. “I really hope that a local contractor gets the business.”

Standish received $485,000, $200,000 from a federal grant the city received, another $285,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),to construct a new fire hall building, and Oliver said the Standish Area Fire Authority will have to provide $100,000 on its own, totaling the $585,000 for the project. The Authority will have to pay back the USDA $285,000, over the next 40 years.

The Standish Building Authority Secretary, Rick Weishuhn said the building authority is acting as “mechanism” for the board, by accepting sealed bids and controlling funds for the construction of the fire hall.

“We made the application and control the funds,” he said. “We are here to make sure the city does not get stuck with the bill.”

Oliver said the city and the fire authority have built a great partnership.

“It’s been great teamwork,” he said.

An advertisement for bids placed in the Arenac Independent placed by SSI states, contractors will be bidding to construct a 7,200-square-foot building that will house an apparatus room, meeting room, dining and kitchen area, turn out and wash room, and barrier free rest rooms.

Ball said after bidding ends June 1, it will take around two weeks for the USDA to have the proper appraisals in place for construction to begin.

“There will be a couple of bonding and funding issues that will need time to be in place,” he said.

Oliver said he believe construction will be completed by the start of 2012.

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