Though rain continues to slow progress, Fire Station No. 2 is creeping ever closer to completion of its renovation after years of water leaks, drainage issues and mold problems.

Though rain continues to slow progress, Fire Station No. 2 is creeping ever closer to completion of its renovation after years of water leaks, drainage issues and mold problems.

Deputy Fire Chief Andy Starkey said the weather has been an issue, causing some delays.

“Thankfully the building was near enough to completion that the most recent storms didn’t set us back very far,” he said. “The project is nearly complete.” He said the architects have completed their punch-list of items that need to be finished or corrected by the contractor.

“Those items are being addressed now,” he said. Landscaping work is scheduled, Starkey said, and should happen in the near future.

“Once these items are completed we will work to furnish and decorate the interior,” he said. “We hope to have crews assigned to this station in the near future.”

The project has been a long drawn-out project, Starkey said.

“Retired Chief (Dru) Tischer did an outstanding job and tried to ensure that the citizens got a quality product and a facility that they can be proud of for many years,” he said.

Tischer retired this month.

Background

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 have been made.

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

He said there's been a huge improvement to the site, though during the remodel the project did encounter a new issue.

Tischer said the contractor inadvertently damaged a few of the post-tension cables in the concrete pad while relocating some of the original plumbing.

He said he worked closely with the general contractor and a sub-contractor — that specializes in the type of repair — was consulted.

Overall, Tischer said he feels very good about the quality of the design and the work that has been done to this point.

The fire department's focus continues to be on ensuring this project is done right, he said.

“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.

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