While the wet season isn’t quite over yet, another winter has passed and the roof on the Glasgow South Side Fire Hall is still suffering damage with more moisture.
The battle to put a roof on the fire hall has been ongoing as several different ideas and issues have arisen over the last few years. At the March 17 city council meeting, the only bid that had come in for the project was from City Councilman Dan Durell. The bid from D.R. Durell Construction came in at $86,287.
Approval for the bid waited until the April 7 meeting as City Attorney Pete Helland looked into the law to be sure that the bid was legal due to Durell’s position on city council.
With the approval of Helland, a public meeting was to be set for the Monday, April 21, meeting – allowing the public to speak on a possible conflict of interest issue.
At that meeting, Durell announced that he was going to pull his bid and the city directed Public Works Director Robert “Bob” Kompel to put the project back out for bid.
The Glasgow Fire Department is waiting to hear the price of bids that come in and they have hopes of using any extra funds left over from the project on the water damage already in the hall.
Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle explained that water falls onto the circuit breaker in the building, and that other areas along the walls show visible water damage and water stains.
The fire department has been working to raise funds for a new ladder truck needed to fight fires in high rise buildings or large spanning structures.
The funds for the roof have already been set aside and are waiting for a contractor to start on the roof project.