Shawnee City Commissioners and city leaders assembled at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center last week for a workshop to share dialogue at-length about various topics — no action is taken during these more casual gatherings.

Shawnee City Commissioners and city leaders assembled at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center last week for a workshop to share dialogue at-length about various topics — no action is taken during these more casual gatherings.

One of the city's high priorities right now kicked off the group's discussions.

Fire Chief Dru Tischer shared his latest update regarding renovations of one of the community's fire stations.

Crews continue to work on Shawnee's Fire Station No. 2, at 1401 N. Bryan St., expecting substantial work to be finished by late April, he said.

Repeated mold issues — caused by ongoing water leaks and drainage problems — had the city facing a decision whether to repair the site or remodel altogether.

Choosing to tear the building down to the pre‐engineered “red‐iron” structure and concrete slab, expansion was designed to improve the apparatus bay and update the fire station from that point.

Though not all news has been positive, corrections are being made.

“The building was missing quite a bit of steel,” he said. “It has now been added. It was not up to code at all; it was not right at all.”

He said that's a huge improvement to the site already.

Also, Tischer said recently the contractor did inadvertently damage a few of the post-tension cables in the concrete pad while relocating some of the original plumbing.

“We are working closely with the general contractor on this issue and they are consulting with a sub-contractor that specializes in the type of repair that will be required,” he said. “Their repair plan will be approved by our structural engineer before they move forward with the repair and we are working with the architects and the general contractor to ensure all work done on the structure prior to the repair being completed is approved by the structural engineer.”

Tischer said the building didn't need any more issues.

However, the general contractor assured the department that the repair would not extend the completion date and that the entire project is still on schedule, he said.

“We are working very closely with them and the architects to ensure the project is completed in a timely manner while emphasizing that everything is done correctly and according to the plan,” Tischer said.

Overall, Tischer said he feels very good about the plan.

“The end product will produce our stated goal of providing a fire station that will serve our community and fire department for a minimum of 40 years,” he said.

During the workshop, the board — minus City Commissioner Ben Salter, who reportedly was ill — and department heads and city leaders visited several topics such as the city's Comprehensive Plan, Phase 2 of Kickapoo Street construction, the city's website redesign, the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center Master Plan and the upcoming citywide street assessment.

On another topic of discussion — water and wastewater improvements — watch for more information about where project managers are on assessing ideas for upgrades and/or remodels.