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Bidding Process For New Central Fire Station Will Continue

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MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, MI (WLNS) - There has been a few set backs in the course of getting the new Central Fire Station underway in Meridian Township.

In 2012, voters approved the $3.5 million bill to move forward with the construction of the new fire station. However when the township opened bidding to the public on July 9, 2014, they faced some bumps in the road.

Six official bills were received, but since have been denied because all of them are approximately one million dollars over the anticipated budget.

As for Meridian Township officials, they are forced to go back to the drawing board to make some design changes to develop a new plan within the means of the budget.

"My number one expectation is that we don't spend more than $3.5 million that was approved by the voters," says Manager Frank Walsh. " My second expectation would be that we open the station in 2015."

Even though trees have been knocked down on the site where the station is expected to break ground, Township Treasurer, Julie Brixie, says officials will continue to look for bidders within their budget.

"We're hoping to get bids in between $2.8 and $2.9 million and I think that the manager is going to have look at the plans in depth to make the decision on what stays and what goes," she said.

The proposed station was first set at 15,000 square feet, however Manager Walsh says that even if they reduce those plans to approximately 10,000 square feet, the station will still be about 25 percent larger than the other two stations within the township.

"We still want a functional station, we're committed to that," Fire and EMS Chief, Bill Priese said." We need something that's going to work for the residents of the township here."

According to Chief Priese, possible changes to the project include the elimination of the fourth bay, two offices, and the size of the workout room.

The training and community rooms will not be compromised, however they can be reduced in size.

Manager Walsh anticipates that the township will successfully move forward with this process.

“We hope to have plans, redesigned and brought to the board within 60 days,” Manager Walsh says. “We plan to move forward, but we’re not going to have a 15,000 square foot station at $4 million that’s not what the voter’s approved.”

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