County breaks ground on new fire station

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Morgan County Fire and Rescue held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $500,000 Godfrey Fire Station last Tuesday, Aug. 14. The new station, that will be built on Godfrey Road was approved back in June when the Morgan County Board of Commissioners voted for a $508,985 construction bid from Sunbelt Builders, Inc. a Covington-based company that submitted the lowest bid for the job. The BOC passed the bid in a 3-to-1 vote with Commissioner Philip Von Hanstein voting against the bid.

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 in June. “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.”

According to County leaders, the new station should be completed and open by the end of 2018 if construction moves along as scheduled.

“We expect the new station to be open and in service by the end of the calendar year, said County Manager Adam Mestres of the 3400 square-foot station, replete with three engine bays for fire trucks and a fully finished day room.

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