Board approves final construction, outfitting costs for fifth fire station

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 3, 2016

 Construction equipment, felled trees and stumps occupy the 4-acre future site of Fire Station No. 5, located near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads, July 27.

Construction equipment, felled trees and stumps occupy the 4-acre future site of Fire Station No. 5, located near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads, July 27.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the third and final phase of Fire Station No. 5 — construction and outfitting of the building, to be located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski estimated the total project construction cost, including a traffic light, to be approximately $1.9 million, with a total cost, including permit fees and outfitting the fire station and vehicles, of $2.5 million.

“From the time we purchased the property (for $335,885 in 2012) through the years, we’ve tried to streamline this and anticipate all the costs necessary for this station and the area,” Swinkowski said. “(We strove to) make everything transparent and include everything in the final price.”

In 2013, Swinkowski said the first cost projection for the new station was $3.5 million. In 2015, he said the projection was $3 million. Now, he said, the projection is $2,548,975.

“Many have contributed to this process of a new fire station, and I’m happy to report that the price has come to a lower cost than what we first thought,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “We discussed this issue in a work session in February, and now as a result of the competitive bidding on so many aspects of this new fire station, the project is on its way to being under budget.”

Because the Fire Department only has one station — Fire Station No. 4 — east of M-53 serving 12.5 square miles and 42 percent of the department’s overall run volume, Swinkowski said the new station is necessary.

“Our master plan back in the late ’80s, early ’90s, did account for five stations,” he said. “I can’t account for why they sold those two properties and built station (No. 4 in 1995) where they did as a temporary fix until development happened, obviously kicking the can down the road to 20 years later for other people to deal with.”

Eventually, Swinkowski said, his vision is to move Fire Station No. 4 to 25 Mile and Schoenherr roads, near where the sold pieces of property were in the late 1980s.

Swinkowski said the new Fire Station No. 5 will be similar in size to the station currently located at 25 Mile and Shelby roads. He said it will be equipped with a fire engine, ambulance, utility truck and a staff of nine firefighters.

With the new station, Swinkowski said he hopes the Fire Department’s insurance rating will improve.

For more information, call the Shelby Township Fire Department headquarters at (586) 731-3476. A breakdown of Fire Station No. 5 costs is available in the Shelby Township Board of Trustees July 19 agenda packet, which can be found at www.shelbytwp.org.

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