A July 10 request for an extension of time and additional compensation was approved for Macomb Township’s new public safety building. Seen here is the current fire station on 23 Mile Road, which will be torn down next year.

A July 10 request for an extension of time and additional compensation was approved for Macomb Township’s new public safety building. Seen here is the current fire station on 23 Mile Road, which will be torn down next year.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Macomb Township Public safety building expected to be complete in October 2020

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 6, 2019

 Sitework was underway the week of July 29 at the location of a new public safety building on 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township. In the beginning of August, concrete was poured for the footings of the apparatus bay.

Sitework was underway the week of July 29 at the location of a new public safety building on 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township. In the beginning of August, concrete was poured for the footings of the apparatus bay.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s been over a year since plans were approved for a new public safety building in Macomb Township.

The week of July 29, sitework was underway, preparing for an apparatus bay and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office garage at the corner of 23 Mile Road and Alma Drive, east of Romeo Plank Road.

As owner representative of the new public safety building, Macomb Township Fire Chief Robert Phillips requested board approval July 10 for an extension of time and additional compensation for Bernco Inc., the project’s general contractor.

The board approved the request in a 6-1 vote. Trustee Tim Bussineau gave the “no” vote.

The extension of time is from March 30, 2020, to Oct. 1, 2020. The additional compensation is $387,445.

In early August, concrete was poured for the footings of the apparatus bay, with steel being set the week of Aug. 5.

Phillips said the request is due to a six-month delay related to an additional stormwater detention system, required by the Macomb County Department of Roads. Now that the request is approved, funds will be paid from the contingency and there will be no additional cost added to the current construction contract.

An additional request was to approve an authorization of additional services agreement with Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick for the new public safety building.

Phillips said the project is in its infancy.

“We had to relocate all the utilities, and that’s all done. Now work is starting,” he said.

Ground was broken in December when the substation was torn down. Utility relocation took place in April.

Similar to the extension of time request, the additional services agreement is due to the six-month delay related to an additional stormwater detention system, required by the Macomb County Department of Roads. The cost for additional services is $34,320.

The board approved the request in a 6-1 vote. Trustee Tim Bussineau again cast the “no” vote.

“At the time the contract was awarded to Bernco Inc., the township had not received direction from the county as to the stormwater detention system that would be required on-site,” Phillips said.

The completion date for the public safety building has been pushed back to Oct. 1, 2020.     

“It keeps coming up that the township hasn’t received direction from the county,” Bussineau said. “This comes up on storm sewers and roads.”

He said he spoke with Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, who indicated he’d be willing to meet with the township Engineering Department.

“The line keeps coming up for additional costs,” Bussineau said. “Additional costs keep being blamed on the county, and our county executive doesn’t agree.”

Bernco Inc. President Bernie Cattivera said that from Bernco’s perspective, it will write change orders to subcontractors.

“We don’t like these extra costs either,” he said. “I know this is a long delay. We want to be done as badly as you do.”

The project at the Joseph E. Koss Public Safety Building calls for an update of the existing fire station as well as creating more space for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, which formerly operated out of a substation on the property. The substation was demolished in December and deputies are temporarily operating out of the broadcast media center on Alma Drive.

Construction will be completed in two phases. The first was the demolition of the substation on the property and the building of the fire apparatus bay so fire operations can continue during construction. Phillips said the bay should be complete by mid- to late January.

The second phase will see the demolition of the current fire station commence as soon as the bays are complete, and the building of the administration offices and the Sheriff’s Office garage.

The project plan started last summer as a 21,000-square-foot building and has grown to 37,000 square feet in the final design plans.

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