A new Morgan County Fire Station will be built on Godfrey Road for a hefty price tag of more than half a million dollars.
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to approve a $508,985 construction bid from Sunbelt Builders, Inc., a Covington-based company that submitted the lowest bid for the job. The total cost of the project is estimated at $582,139 when factoring in engineering and inspection costs. The county is also budgeting a $20,000 contingency fund should any unforeseen problems arise during the construction project that could incur more costs. The county will provide in-house the new station’s septic system, well, painting, kitchen cabinets and counters, and concrete.
“I want to thank you all for the vote on the fire station,” said Morgan County Fire Chief Jeff Stone to the BOC at Tuesday’s regular meeting. “This has been in process for the last six to nine years. It’s good to finally see this come along. We are excited to see it moving forward and we all appreciate you for making it happen.”
“We expect the new station to be open and in service by the end of the calendar year, said County Manager Mestres of the 3400 square-foot station, replete with three engine bays for fire trucks and a fully finished day room.
TurnipSeed Engineers reviewed all four bids up for consideration to build the Godrey Fire Station, ranging from $529,559 up to $755,325, and recommended Sunbelt Builders for the job.
“Since the low bidder appears to have adequate experience, technical ability, and financial capability to complete the project, we recommend contract award be made to sunbelt Builders, Inc. in the amount of $508,995…” wrote Kenneth Green, with Turnipseed Engineers to the BOC.
The BOC passed the bid in a 3-to-1 vote with Commissioner Philip Von Hanstein voting against the bid.
In addition to Morgan County having a new fire station, the Morgan County Fire and Rescue Department is also crafting a new five-year strategic plan. According to Stone, he has eight different committees working on various topics of the plan.
“We hope to have it to you by January 1 for you to look at,” said Stone.
Stone asked the BOC to help direct MCFR before they submit a strategy plan proposal in January.
“We would like some direction from y’all on what the county would like to see from us,” said Stone. “We want to know where you want to see the fire department. That would help guide us while making a feasible plan for you. We could request the moon, but if it’s not in the purview of you all in the county, then we would have to move another way.”