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Augusta fire station's repairs set despite likely move

Move already likely in coming years

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 6:02 PM
Last updated Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 1:00 AM
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The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department has decided to spend almost $100,000 to repair damages at Fire Station No. 9, even though it is likely to be rebuilt in a new location in the next few years.

Fire Station No. 9 on Walton Way Extension will be repaired after a truck hit the center column of the garage in June, causing a partial collapse.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Fire Station No. 9 on Walton Way Extension will be repaired after a truck hit the center column of the garage in June, causing a partial collapse.

Last week, the Augusta Com­mission approved a winning bid from Continental Con­struc­tion of $96,836 to repair the damaged station in 60 days. The only competing bid was from RCN Contracting for $100,900 for work to be completed in 70 days, according to commission documents.

Station 9 is on a list of stations that need to be rebuilt, Fire Chief Chris James said, but that is likely years away.

Alexander Drive’s Station No. 10 was the newest to be rebuilt and was unveiled in January. The next station in line is No. 2 on Walton Way.

“It needs to be replaced pretty soon,” James said, noting that Station 9 is at least two or three stations down the list.

James said moving Station 9 up is impractical because the department would first have to find and purchase new land. The process of bidding the project, writing a contract and building the station means not having a working station in that area for too long. Usually when the fire department rebuilds a station, the existing station is used until construction is complete.

“It takes about a year or more to build a new station,” James said. “We can’t afford to wait.”

On June 25, a fire engine hit Station 9’s center column between its garage doors, and part of the front of the building collapsed. The firefighters were moved to neighboring stations while an investigation into the accident and the extent of the damage was done by the city’s risk management division.

A preliminary report found that the column was not reinforced. It’s difficult to determine why, officials said, because the building underwent frequent modifications over the years.

James said the structure was built to serve another purpose before the fire department moved into it in the late 1970s. Since then, the building has had several additions.

“A report said the garage door was not up to code,” he said. “This reconstruction will fix that and allow the station to be used safely.”

The driver of the truck, which has been repaired, will not face any disciplinary actions. An accident review board said it could not determine fault, and risk management decided the driver was not at fault.

James said he will meet with the law department to complete a contract with Continental Construction this week. He said he hopes construction will begin in the next few weeks and that it won’t take 60 days to complete.

“My hope is we could move back in within a few months,” he said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/02/12 - 09:03 pm
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If you re-build it,

they need to stay.

KSL
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KSL 09/02/12 - 11:52 pm
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Huh?

Idiots are running that place.

Doug Lively
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Doug Lively 09/03/12 - 06:50 am
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This Fire Station

Is a landmark. But I guess I don't understand why we have to buy land for a new #9 station.We own the land the current station is sitting on, plus a training facility next to it. Or am I confused? Are we talking about Central and Kings Way? Maybe a sitting commissioner can answer this question, if they are reading. Jerry, where are you?

auggaguy
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auggaguy 09/03/12 - 07:14 am
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$100,000?

I don't see $100,000 worth of repair, unless they are going to replace the whole roof structure.

triscuit
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triscuit 09/03/12 - 09:38 am
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A fire truck runs into a

A fire truck runs into a building and the driver is not at fault? Since when do trucks drive themselves?

shelby547
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shelby547 09/03/12 - 09:44 am
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no cents/sense

This makes absolutely no since and is a waste of taxpayer money. If it is already slated to be moved or rebuilt, why not just go ahead and move it ahead of the other fire stations. I understand they may need work done to them, but to spend 100k to band-aid a station until a new one is built is ridiculous. Heck I will rent you my house and you can use it as a fire station and I'll save you a lot of money.

tgentry
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tgentry 09/03/12 - 09:52 am
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Station 9

Doug, Station 9 is at Walton Way extension. Station 7 is at Kings Way.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/03/12 - 11:12 am
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$100K repair??? Must be "City

$100K repair??? Must be "City of Augusta" Procurement Office prices. The whole building doesn't look like it was worth $100K.

And yes, if you repair it you need to stay there....a long long time.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/03/12 - 11:50 am
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Spend the $100,000

No mention was made of the cost of a new station. Seems like a small amount of money to make repairs and continue to use suitable firehouse.

I hope the new garage door opening will have a big I-beam that spans the whole width and a center support will not be necessary.

And triscuit did you ever make a mistake that cost your employer money? Probably so.

shelby547
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shelby547 09/03/12 - 12:33 pm
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hmmm

Just seems this should have been thought out more. Just how long do they plan staying at this location. If 2 years I don't agree with this. Also is this coming out of fire department budget or somewhere else

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 09/03/12 - 02:22 pm
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Stupidity reigns; common sense missing

Spend $100k of my [taxpayer] money knowing that in 2-3 years... you are going to tear it down; not a fiscally-responsible act. The land may be valuable but the next person who buys that property is going to tear down the old building. There must be other options on how to look at this. I would say let's ask Deke..... but that is a mistake as well. I just can't believe it costs a $100k to replace the front of that building to specs.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/03/12 - 02:37 pm
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i wonder what the plans are

i wonder what the plans are if the Bus Depot on Broad St gets sold as part of the city's 15 parcel auction.

i wonder.. will we build a new one?

if so.. i wonder who the contractor will be...

shelby547
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shelby547 09/03/12 - 06:44 pm
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on table

My offer is still on table. 3 bedroom house about 1 mile from station. I will rent for 1200 a month. Much cheaper than 100k on something you will demolish in two years

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/12 - 04:27 pm
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Sub standard building
Unpublished

Did not meet "county construction code". So we know that if their buildings are sub par, not inspected, what can the rest of the citizens expect. Code Enforcement is a joke. A load bearing wall without support. Basic engineering. Except in River City USA. The home of "levitated" parking buildings.

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