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Licking Township awards contract for new fire station




JBA Architects presented this preliminary architect’s rendering to Licking Township Trustees last summer. A seventh bay will be added to the left side. The station faces Ohio 13 on the site of the current Station 3. Rendering courtesy JBA.

JBA Architects presented this preliminary architect’s rendering to Licking Township Trustees last summer. A seventh bay will be added to the left side. The station faces Ohio 13 on the site of the current Station 3. Rendering courtesy JBA.

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees recently unanimously awarded a $2,155,000 contract to Robertson Construction of Heath to build a new fire station for the Licking Township Fire Company.

The funds for the new station will come from estate taxes including a three million dollar windfall that trustees have been holding for some time. No receipts from the township’s fire/ EMS levies will be used.

Bids from six construction firms were opened last month. The base bid was for a five-bay station. There were two alternates with each adding an additional bay. Robertson submitted the lowest base bid at $1,956,000 as well as for both options. The base bid estimate from project architect JBA Architects was $1,850,000.

The other bidders were Charter Hill Construction, Jeffery Carr Construction, Paul Construction, RW Setterlin and WAI Construction. Base bids ranged from Robertson’s $1,956,000 to RW Setterlin at $2,370,000. For the seven-bay option that trustees selected after an lengthy discussions, bids ranged from Robertson’s $2,155,000 to RW Setterlin at $2,525,000.

Robertson will be the general contractor and its bid includes the cost of all the subcontractors. Construction is to begin on or before September 25 with a completion date of July 20, 2018.

The new station will replace the fire company’s Station 3 on Ohio 13 just north of ODOT’s District 5 headquarters. The current Station 1 which sits on the hill behind Station 3 will be used to store the township’s road equipment.

In November 2015, voters approved an additional three mill levy to provide 24/7 on-station staffing by a 886-598 vote. The new tax was first assessed in 2016 and collection started this year.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson explained the need for 24/7 staffing in 2015. He said the fire company had a total of 685 runs in 2002 when paid part-timers were first hired. In recent years, runs have averaged about 1,100 a year. This year the company set both monthly and daily run records – 118 in July and 12 runs on July 2.

The fire company has about 30 volunteers who have been filling the part-time slots. Wilson explained the increased runs along with work, training and family commitments was putting a tremendous strain on volunteers. Wilson will continue as the department’s only full-time employee.


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