CENTERBURG — The expansion of the Central Ohio Joint Fire District building has encountered a snag and will need to be rebid, District Chief Joe Porter said this week.

COJFD Board member Tom Stewart said the bids for the project, which were opened last month, came in higher than the architect expected. Also, he said, the Ohio Department of Commerce, Board of Building Appeals, wants a full sprinkler system and also a tornado shelter which will hold six to eight people, instead of five, as the fire board had planned for.

Stewart said they are appealing the sprinkler and shelter requirements but that will take four to six weeks.

“We have a partial sprinkler system, but we don’t have a well large enough to handle a full system, and we don’t see DelCo coming out this way anytime soon,” Stewart said.

“We’ll rebid the project after we have the rulings and we know exactly what we need.”

Porter said the board met with the architects this week to go over several matters.

“We had a lot of discussion and we have a couple things to work on (to modify the project),” he said.

The board had originally planned to begin construction this month, but the need to rebid the project will probably push that to April or May, with completion possibly by early fall.

The district board last spring approved the plan to expand the existing station, providing additional storage room for equipment and better accommodations for an expanded staff. The estimated project cost at that time was $880,000.

The expanded staff, including improved pay and benefits, is being paid for by the 2.925-mill levy approved at the May election.

The station expansion is being paid for out of capital funds and a legacy gift to the district.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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