Council begins fire station process

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Requests for qualifications for architectural services for the design of a city fire station were approved Monday night by the McCook City Council.

The item was pulled from the consent agenda by Councilman Aaron Kircher.

About $210 million has been appropriated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for competitive grants to modify, upgrade or construct non-federal fire stations.

The grants will come through the existing Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, with no required cost share.

In response to a question by Councilman Kircher, City Fire Chief Marc Harpham said the design would be only be for a city fire station. The proposed facility would be at the West Ward Elementary school property.

Specific information has not yet been released, Harpham told the council Monday night, but the grants are available only to fire stations and could be released as early as June 1. Because the application period is short, projects that are awarded the funds will be those that are "shovel ready," he said.

The city stands a good chance in receiving the funds as it already owns land that is zoned properly for the facility, Harpham added. City Manager Kurt Fritsch said city staff and the council has discussed in the past the possibility of a fire/police/ city complex at the West Ward location and that these funds would make the project more affordable.

According to background information provided to the council, applicants for the grants who have permits or that have forgone capital building plans for extended periods of time will receive high priority for grant funding.

As approved by the council, the selected architect will be required to assist the city with the design of a municipal fire station, which is a component of a proposed "City Facility Campus." Expression of Intent and statement of qualifications are required by 12 p.m., April 30 to the City Clerk.

Design drawings must be submitted to the city by June 1 in order to met grant requirements.

The city will evaluate all submissions and will require the top qualified firm to meet with city staff for the purpose of contract negotiations for a fixed price or "not to exceed contract," that the City Council will approve at its May 4 meeting.

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  • What about using a building that is already here other than the old west ward school??

    The National Guard Armory will be available after the new one is built. Anyone gave it any thought?????

    -- Posted by edbru on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 9:38 PM
  • Lets think about this one. Sounds like a good win win deal up front. The city lands the building and lot for nothing. I have been in the army building but its been a long time ago. As best as I can remember, it would probably take alot of renovation to make it work for a fire station. I remember it as being not very energy efficant and all concrete which would make it hard to remodal. I think I would also be concerned with the parking with the school being right there. I don't know if they have done anything to change the start time of school or anything but when I was in high school ( a few years back) the traffic in the morning and after school was a mess. I would think that trying to get a fire truck through there would be tough.

    -- Posted by McCook Supporter on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:49 AM
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