By Dedra Cordle
Two stations within the Jackson Township Fire Department are slated to receive surface upgrades.
At the Feb. 19 trustee’s meeting, the board approved a resolution to advertise for bids for pavement and concrete replacement at Stations 201 and 202.
The conditions of the lots, said service director Rex Blair, are porous and in desperate need of repair.
“They’re in pretty bad shape right now,” he said.
The work at Station 201, which is located on Grove City Road, calls for the replacement of concrete in the front of the building and the resurfacing and repair to the parking lot area.
The work at Station 202, which is located on Hoover Road, calls for the replacement of concrete at the rear of the building and the resurfacing and repair to the parking lot area.
The estimated cost for the work at Station 201 is $60,000 while the cost for the work at Station 202 has a rough estimate of $165,000. Blair said the high cost is partially due to the concrete work as the concrete has to be at least 8 to 10 inches thick to withstand the weight of the fire equipment.
According to Township Administrator Shane Farnsworth, the timeline for the review and acceptance of bids will be within the next two months. If all goes as planned and one of the bids are accepted, Blair said he would like the work to start in mid-October before the weather conditions turn unfavorable. He added that it would take at least four to six weeks to complete each project.
The township administration building on Hoover Road will also receive resurfacing to its parking lot. The resolution to start the work, as well as the funding, was approved last year but inclement weather caused multiple delays. Farnsworth said that project is slated to take place after the spring clean-up on May 4.
The trustees also discussed the purchase of new mowers for the road department but no action was taken.