Grand Rapids Twp. must re-bid fire station project PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 07:31
GRAND RAPIDS — Plans for construction of a new Grand Rapids Township fire station have been delayed.
Due to a change in legislation last year, Grand Rapids Township Trustees will have to re-bid the project. The legislative change required the trustees to alter wording in the bidding documents relating to construction management.
Trustees chair Tracy Punches hopes to start the re-bidding process at the board’s Aug. 12 meeting, but right now the bidding documents are being reviewed by the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office.
Bids had already been received for the project, but because the updated wording related to construction management was not originally included, the bids had to be rejected and the project will be re-bid, Punches said.
“It will be almost like starting all over again,” Punches said.
Township residents, in November, approved a 2.35-mill levy for 20 years to finance the new fire station. The levy was approved with about 60 percent of the vote.
The fire department serves both the township and the village of Grand Rapids, and is funded by about a 50/50 split between village and township property owners, according to Chad Hoffman, Grand Rapids village administrator.
Design plans, which have been in place for nearly a decade, call for the station to have four truck bays.
The property is located at 17706 Wapakoneta Road and was previously owned by the village.
In April, the village deeded the property over to the township for the purpose of building a fire station.
“They have five years to build a fire hall on that property or the property reverts back to the village,” Hoffman said.
In exchange for the property, the township passed its partial ownership of the Grand Rapids town hall to the village. The building had been co-owned by both the village and township.

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