Work to begin soon on Columbiana fire station

COLUMBIANA — A new, second fire station along Metz Road will be taking shape soon, now that the contractor is on site.

City Manager Lance Willard told council on Tuesday that Classic Construction came to the site this week and will begin work on the new station.

Meanwhile, council will need to consider legislation regarding bond financing of about $600,000 additional money needed for the project.

Finance Director Mike Harold told council that there is $500,000 available for the project now, but additional money is needed since the construction bid for the station alone came in at over $800,000.

He said money is also needed for a sewer line and a gas line to the property, and furniture and lockers for inside the building.

He said council can expect to be presented with legislation at the June 19 meeting. A second reading and a final vote would likely take place on July 17. If council approves the legislation the bond funds would be available by mid-August, he added.

He said the bond payback would likely be done over five years and that more details would be outlined in the legislation.

The city began considering a second fire station on the south side of town a few years ago to eliminate any potential delays in response as a result of the railroad tracks that cross Metz Road not far from Fairfield Avenue.

The new fire station will be 122 by 68 feet and feature three truck bays, two restrooms, meetings rooms and offices.

In other business, Willard announced that the 30-day startup on the new water plant, also on Metz Road, should happen in the next week. He said chemicals for the new plant have been delivered and employees are starting to clear out the old plant of items they will be saving.

The city hired Beaver Constructors Inc. of Canton in 2016 for the plant construction on a $15.17 million contract.

The majority of the project is being funded through a loan and a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture.