Construction contract for fire station may be inked this week

By Greg Smart -

HUBER HEIGHTS — Monday night, the Huber Heights City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $2,350,000 with respect to the construction work for the Fire Station 25. This would leave an approximate contingency amount of $40,000.

Brumbaugh Construction was the General Contractor that built the Kroger Aquatic Center and Eichelberger Amphitheater. They are currently the general contractor for the city of Kettering for two new fire station projects. Other bidders were Staffco $2,832,000, Empire $2,858,000, Setterlin $2,927,000 and Oberer Thompson $2,932,000.

According to Assistant City Manager Scott Falkowski, Brumbaugh was the lowest and best bidder. However, the city plans to discuss alternates with Brumbaugh in order to get the cost down to the the amount desired by the city by discussing with Brumbaugh what items could be reduced that would not affect the service of the Fire Division. City Council member Tyler Starline said he was concerned about the legal procedure and suggested Council take an additional two weeks on this issue until City Attorney Alan Schaeffer could issue a written opinion.

Falkowski said the request was to get started so that more of the project didn’t get pushed back into the next year. The vote to waive was 6-1 with Starline voting no. The vote to adopt was 7-0.

Council member Ed Lyons asked Schaeffer is he would stop the process if he discovered any legal trouble. Council agreed that Schaeffer would review the issue within two days and issue his findings giving Council a day or two to review this before signatures are inked. Schaeffer said this review would be done quickly. The Administrative Committee will also review the process on Tuesday, regardless of whether the agreement is inked by Friday.

Fire Chief Mark Asworth said the concern for the project manager is bad weather and noted that the longer it takes to get the concrete set, the longer it will take to build the facility.

Council heard the third reading of an amended resolution declaring two 2007 Chevrolet Impalas from the Police Division as no longer needed and authorized trading them in to a dealer towards the purchase of a new vehicle. A third vehicle, originally set for trade-in, will be used by the Fire Division.

Council heard the third reading of consent legislation for The Ohio Department of Transportation’s plan to microsurface State Route 202 within the Huber Heights in Miami County involving 5.06 straight line miles of road. The project is scheduled for bid in fiscal year 2019 and ODOT would take care of the funding.

Council heard the third reading of consent legislation for ODOT’s plan to raise the structure, install new deck, convert to semi-integral abutments, paint the superstructure and seal the concrete surfaces on the Chambersburg Rd. bridge over Rt. 4. According to City Engineer Russ Bergman, the road would be raised about two feet and could be closed for several months in 2019. This is totally funded by ODOT.

Council heard the third reading of a resolution to approve the improvements for the Artisan Walk subdivision, Section One “A”. The following are the streets that are involved: Owens Lane, Crabtree Lane, Mikusa Lane, Ballauer Place, Bostelman Place, and Tellejohann Lane.

By Greg Smart

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