Update: Council discusses monetary logistics of new fire station

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP)- Council authorized the mayor to go ahead with the loan agreement
with HUD for the project with a unanimous vote.

The second resolution that proposed $150,000 be set aside in case anything in the construction plan changes was tweaked a bit.

The amount was lowered by $100,000 to $50,000. The 50,000 will be used for change orders or for alternative options during the building process.

A new fire station will be constructed and City Council has a meeting to discuss the logistics.

City Council meets on Tuesday night to discuss logistics and funding for the construction of a new fire station on 16th and Covert streets. The first is a simple resolution that will allow the Mayor to execute a loan agreement with HUD to construct the fire station.

The second resolution proposes for $150,000 set aside for change orders in the construction. This fund will allow the Public Works Director to spend from that fund without having to get approval from City Council and keeping the project moving.

“If we don’t authorize that contingency fund, we’ll still spend the money but it means that all of that has to come back to council. And I don’t think council- I don’t think that’s our business really. That’s the Mayor’s business, to be doing administrative change orders. Plus the delay costs money," says John Reed, President of the Council.

The meeting is set to begin at 7:30 Tuesday evening. Reed says that he hopes to begin demolition of the fire station next week to keep it on course for being completed by spring.

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