PDT Staff Writer
The trustees of Clay Township recently awarded a contract to Bodmer and Hanna Construction of Friendship for $537,000 to construct a new fire station in Rubyville.
“We had two bids on the project. One from J&H Erectors and the other from Bodmer and Hanna Construction. Bodmer and Hanna Construction was the low bidder at $537,000,” said Tim Hines, a Clay Township Trustee.
Hines said the township was anticipating the project to cost around $500,000.
Bodmer and Hanna Construction has been officially awarded the contract to construct the facility with an anticipated completion date of Dec. 31, 2013.
He said once the new fire station is constructed the current fire station and the land it sits on will be sold to help cover the costs of the new station.
When asked what the scope of the project is going to be, Hines said, “It will be a split face block building, with a community center built into the building.”
He said the building is being constructed where the former Rubyville School sat.
When the former Clay Local School District building in Rubyville was razed, the decision was made by the district to donate the land to the township for community use.
Hines said the construction of the new fire station goes along with plans the trustees have for recreational activities in that area of the township.
“This is going to be the start of parks and recreation for that area. We are going to incorporate the community center with walking tracks, possibly tennis courts and more shelter houses. The new fire station and community center will have a shelter house built on to one end of the building,” Hines said.
Hines said this is an exciting time for the township and they will be glad to move the department into the space.
“The current station is old and has deteriorated. They (the firefighters) can not pull their trucks out of the garage without being on (State Route) 139. (With the completion of the new station) this will really centralize them for Rubyville. It’s going to be a big help to us,” Hines said.
Hines said all of the firefighters along with Chief Miles Horsley are excited about the new building and what it will mean for the department once completed.
“We’ve been working on this since January and are excited to see it come to life,” Hines said.
Recently the Clay Township Trustees accepted a donation of a $900 pump to help run one of two waterfalls at Rosemount Point.
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