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Published: Friday, 3/1/2013

7 bids submitted to build Sylvania Township fire station

Fire Station No. 1 will be replaced in downtown Sylvania. Fire Station No. 1 will be replaced in downtown Sylvania.
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The Sylvania Township accepted today seven bids on the construction of a new fire station to be built on Monroe Street in downtown Sylvania.

bids were opened this week for construction of a new Fire Station No.1 at 6633 Monroe St., replacing an existing station on the site and the last of the four fire renovation and construction projects the township has done in recent years.

Joseph Vetter, president of the Toledo-based Vetter Design Group, which engineered the designs for the new station, opened the bids. Seven companies submitted a construction plan and cost options depending on material used.

The bidders and the amounts were:

  • Mosser Construction, Fremont, Ohio: $1,965,000.
  • Spieker Co., Perrysburg: $2,044,000
  • Comte Construction Co., Toledo: $2,068,000
  • Midwest Contracting, Holland: $2,073,900
  • Garrison Co., Farmington Hills, Mich.: $2,114,000
  • Dotson Co., Whitehouse: $2,232,393
  • Hank's Plumbing & Heating Co., Toledo: $2,490,000

Attending the opening, with the bidders, were township Trustee Kevin Haddad, Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski, Deputy Chief Fire Prevention Mike Froelich, and township Administrator John Zeitler.

Fire officials, Mr. Zeitler, and Mr. Vetter will review each contract and present a recommendation to the township Board of Trustees. The recommendation is expected  by early next week, and the board could act at its March 5 meeting.

Demolition of the current fire house is expected to begin March 18. Completion of the new station is targeted for Nov. 1.

The township, which runs the fire department which serves the township and Sylvania city, had about $2.17 million left from a levy for the demolition of the station and construction of a new one. About  $150,000 has been spent on architects fees.

Funds for work on the new fire stations stemmed from a capital improvements levy, totaling $8.5 million, passed by voters in 2008.

Fire Stations Nos. 2 and 3 were built near the previous stations in 2010 to 2011, while station No. 4 underwent an upgrade in 2009.

The construction of a new building on the same site of fire station No.1 had caused some concern in the community. Before the project moved forward, fire department leaders questioned if the land size was suitable for a modern fire station. Ultimately it was decided to build on the same site.

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