County approves upgrade to Big Valley fire station

Renovations to Big Valley fire station are slated to go ahead soon, even though the only bid was more than $50,000 over budget

Renovations to Big Valley fire station are slated to go ahead soon, even though the only bid was more than $50,000 over budget for the County of Stettler.

At its June monthly meeting, county council awarded the lone bid of $180,150 from contractor Darcy Klassen, more than $54,000 over budget.

“This needs to be completed,” said chief administrative officer Tim Fox.

While some councillors suggested the project be re-tendered in the fall, council conceded that costs of construction would likely be higher than now.

“I hope there are some efficiencies that can be made,” said Coun. Greggory Jackson.

Under the plan, the project would renovate office and training rooms with new flooring, increase insulation in the attic, replace main doors, improve electrical systems, upgrade the mechanical room to code, and add air conditioning and an under-floor heating system.

“As we move forward, maybe some costs can be reduced,” said assistant CAO Yvette Cassidy.

Councillors Jackson, Terry Schiffner of Big Valley and county administration will review the project and costs with regional Fire Chief Mark Dennis, Deputy Chief Ettienne Brugman and the contractor.

Next meeting rescheduled

Council rescheduled the next meeting to July 18 from July 12, because many council members plan to attend the provincial Agricultural Service Boards summer tour in the Falher-Nampa area.

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