By Tara Figurski
Truro Township could have a new garage to house equipment at Silent Home Cemetery by the end of the year.
At the Aug. 3 Truro Township trustees meeting, Truro Township Administrator Jason Nicodemus said the garage at the cemetery needs to be replaced and he plans to work with IAP Government Services Group to get the garage constructed.
“They are a co-op, third-party administrator construction management company,” Nicodemus said.
IAP would oversee the project from bidding through construction, Nicodemus said. IAP charges a flat fee of 8.5 percent of the project cost to serve as the construction manager for the project.
IAP will file all the permits and solicit bids for the project, Nicodemus said. The township would be responsible for reviewing bids, selecting the contractor, developing a site plan and drawings of the garage.
“They take on all of the risks,” Nicodemus said. “They are willing to meet with the trustees one-on-one or all together.”
Nicodemus said the township could choose to back out of the project if the cost of the garage was deemed too high or too low.
“If you like the project, I would like to move forward before the winter months,” Nicodemus said, adding that the project could be ready to go out to bid in the next 30 days.
Nicodemus said the garage will be 40 x 30 square feet. The garage will have two doors. Construction would be complete by the end of the year.
The maximum cost of the garage is $80,000, which would include fees and building demolition, Nicodemus said. Funding would come from both general revenue and the cemetery fund.
Cemetery Superintendent Stan Knoderer said the garage would have high ceilings to accommodate township vehicles.
“I still need a dump truck,” he said. “On occasion we may need higher ceilings.”
Nicodemus said the garage could be used to assist with construction of the new fire station. The township could store some basic equipment, furniture and fixtures that will be moved from the existing fire station to the new fire station.
The existing garage is a 30 to 40-year-old single bay garage that is inefficient for the township’s existing needs, according to township officials.