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Published: Monday, 10/14/2013

New Sylvania fire station to be done by Nov. 1

Construction is to be finished by Nov. 1 on Fire Station No. 1 in Sylvania. Construction is to be finished by Nov. 1 on Fire Station No. 1 in Sylvania.

The Sylvania Township Fire Department expects firefighters to move into Fire Station No. 1 within three weeks.

Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski said that the completion of the new Fire Station is on target for Nov. 1.

"We are getting close to crunch time and it is looking fabulous," he said. 

He expects the firefighter crews to move in by Nov. 8. The fire department serves Sylvania city and Sylvania Township.

“We need a couple days to check things ... and we will allow the firefighters a couple of days to familiarize themselves with the building set up,” he said. He expects to host an open house in mid-November, kicking off the fully operational station.

Construction crews are putting the final touches on the building. Mr. Kowalski said electricians are wrapping up the building’s wiring, and the radio system is in the process of being installed. In addition, last week concrete was poured for the west parking lot, and the area was landscaped. 

This week, painters will finish putting on the last coats of paint on the first and second floor walls. The sleeping quarters of the station, located on the second floor, are finished and crews are completing trim work, he said. 

The station has the capacity to house 10 people, but initially five firemen will be stationed there, Mr. Kowalski said.

About three weeks ago, the Sylvania Township Board of Trustees approved 2-1, $46,000 in additional construction and equipment expenses for the buildings total construction cost. Those line items included the installation of a diesel generator instead of gas, and installing tile drains and mesh to separate stone from dirt to stabilize the ground.

That brought the total project cost, which includes equipment, cabinets, and internal fixtures for the station, to $2,292,434. That includes a construction cost of $1,993,135, about $28,000 more than Mosser Construction’s initial bid amount for general construction costs.

Administrator John Zeitler said there has been no additional expenses since that increase. The township has budgeted $2.3 million for the project, which is funded through a 1.25-mill levy which voters approved in 2008.

Fire Station No. 1 replaces the building built in 1930 on the same site by township fire volunteers. Construction of Fire Station No.1, 6633 Monroe St., began in April.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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