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Lafayette chooses company to build fire station

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LAFAYETTE TWP. — Township trustees voted unanimously Sunday night to award North Canton-based Knoch Corp. the bid to build the township’s new safety services/fire station.

“The bids have all been tabulated, we’ve looked at those results and the Knoch Corp. out of North Canton came in with the lowest bid and all of their correct paperwork submitted on time,” Trustee Michael Costello said during the special meeting.

Knoch Corp.’s construction base bid was approximately $3.98 million. The total contract with all accepted alternates is about $4.1 million for the 22,500-square-foot building.

Costello said the township most likely will stick with three alternates for the station — a steel roof as opposed to shingles, tiling in select places and a helipad.

Fire Chief Jeff Hall said two proposed alternates, a pressure washer and air compressor, were expenses that weren’t necessities for the department.

“The pressure washer came in at $11,200 and the air compressor was $10,000,” Costello said.

Trustee Lynda Bowers said of the seven bids submitted several were eliminated after an earlier bid opening.

“At the bid opening, we had a discussion that eliminated a number of the bids as being high or not having complete paperwork, she said. “There were three that did not have complete paperwork.”

The station will be funded with revenue from a 2.5-mill levy voters approved in November 2016 that will generate about $4 million over 15 years. The safety services/fire station will be constructed on 8ᄒ acres in Innovation Park near Lake Road and state Route 162.

In April last year, the Medina County Port Authority approved a resolution to transfer 20 acres of county land in Innovation Park to Lafayette Township for the station and other administrative uses.

The fire department now operates out of the 5,699-square-foot Station No. 1 on Route 162.

The department has a second station — 4,420 square feet — on Heather Hedge Drive in Chippewa Lake.

Hall said it feels good that that progress is being made.

“Just to know that we are moving forward and a contract has been awarded,” Hall said after the meeting.

“In less than a year, we are going to have a new home. It is an absolute wonderful feeling.”

Construction is expected to begin May 1 and take about nine months.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.



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