City awards contract for Fire Station No. 2; Fire chief concerned for 'public safety'
WAXAHACHIE - The city council unanimously approved and awarded the contractor for Fire Station No. 2, to be located near the 287 Bypass on the eastern side of the city, during the Monday, May 2, regular meeting.
The Corbet Group, also the general contractor for the restoration project of the MKT Depot, was the winning bid.
According to Project Architect Anthony Mottla, the company completed the project on-time and within the allotted budget.
“As the project architect, I found the Corbet Group to be highly competent, responsive and attentive to the unique demands of the MKT project and all of its stakeholders,” stated Mottla in a letter submitted to the city and council for review.
With a base bid at $3,083, 000, the Corbet Group was the lowest of the five bids given to the city.
Depending on the issuance of the building permits by the city, the new fire station should begin by early June and take 298 days to complete.
With a new fire station, there is concern over the road conditions on Wyatt Street.
“For me to ask my firefighters to slow down going to someone having a heart attack or to help someone’s house on fire, that to me, is interfering with public safety,” said Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins.
The proposal, consisting of a 30 foot wide, 10 inch thick ,double reinforced concrete curbed roadway system, is estimated to cost $658,000.
“I hate to see the money spent on 1,100 foot of road,” said Councilman Mark Singleton.
“Had we not raised the money on our taxpayers, we wouldn’t have the money for this, this is not fire bashing,” said Singleton, admitting to voting for the tax increase.
After much discussion among the council, Director of Public Works Jeff Chambers said there may be less expensive alternatives.
“To me, I think it bares some looking into,” said Councilman John Wray.
Council unanimously voted to table to the item for the second time until more options could be brought forth to them by Chambers.