10/10/19 - The building committee met with the Architect on 9/26; architect toured the American Legion property; kick-off meeting included review and discussion of a survey on questions for listed uses of the current/future building.
9/16/2019 - Update : Building Committee met on Thursday 8/27 to prepare for the Architect joining the project; Architect's preliminary questions form was answered, kick-off meeting with Architect and building committee is scheduled for late September.
8/6/2019 - The Board of Fire Commissioners authorized on 7/24/19 Fire Commissioner John Schaffer to sign agreement with Bergmann Associates, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, and Surveyors DPC to design and support construction of a new fire station #4.
7/3/2019 - Completed the proposed Architect contract for submittal to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
6/3/2019 - Working with Town Engineer and the recommended Architect on a proposed contract for Board of Fire Commissioners review and approval.
5/8/2019 - Update: We have reviewed several Architect firm submittals and recently selected one for recommendation to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Current Project Timeline (reverse order)
03/6/19 - RFP due back to begin review process
02/6/19 - RFP for Architect/Engineer sent out
10/9/18 – Closing on American Legion property
05/22/18 – Public Information Session, powerpoint information utilized
05/09/18 – Fire Commissioner resolution authorizing property purchase
1952 - Current Station #4 built
1984 - West side addition added
01/2011 - 05/2012 - Hueber-Breuer performed a feasibility study. The mission statement stated this was an In depth analysis of Station #4 to determine its ability to meet the needs of both the members, and more importantly, the Community.
This study was a comprehensive review to include potential solutions for current identified deficiencies, conduct thorough research to determine how the current facility affects the service the Department provides, and review both historical data and current trends in the Community in order to position the Department well for the next 50 years.
The goal of the study was to find the most cost effective method for addressing any identified deficiencies. All viable options must be conscious of the financial impact, potential streetscape aesthetics, and above all relate to the safety of the Department members and the Community.
2011 – 3 Community Forums were conducted
06/2011 – An inspection/assessment was also conducted of Station #4 by Hueber Breuer which found
- Dated materials, fixtures, and systems
- Outgrown the building size, with limited space for equipment and storage
- Settling issues and cracks, as well as drainage issues
- Dated interior conditions
- Problems with building systems
- Age, rust, and deterioration
- Fails to meet numerous State and National Codes, FEMA, and NFPA standards
Options explored in the feasibility study included:
- Demolish and rebuild a new building on the existing site
- Repair/renovate the existing structure
- Demolish the original station, and build an addition
- Renovate the existing structure, and add an addition
- Demolish existing structure, and build new on a new site
- Explore consolidation of fire stations
- Add a 5th station at a new site
- Build a multipurpose building
Scoring favored option #1, followed closely by option #5, with reasons for favoring #1:
- Maintain/improve response time to incident scenes
- No vacant building created
- No costly land acquisition
- Optimum responder progression provided
Scoring items of option #5 that advances it ahead of option #1 (2018 update - current Legion site advances over the 2011 evaluation, when no viable/good other sites were available at that time):
- Sufficient parking
- Physical space for future growth
- No temporary relocation required during construction
08/2015 – New team was established to refine/revise the project, review the feasibility study, highlight issues and shortcomings and update the concept
- Size to meet current and future needs while still maintaining reasonable constraints
- Meet requirements of
- The Wicks Law
- Prevailing Wage Requirements
- Essential Facilities Codes
01/2017 – Review and Exploration of other potentially viable locations
05/2017 – American Legion interested in selling the property to the Fire District