Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana
June 25, 2010
Main fire station to get a makeover
City purchases nine new signal control units
By KEN de la BASTIDE
Tribune enterprise editor
Kokomo The main station for the Kokomo Fire
Department is getting a makeover.
The Kokomo Board of Public Works and Safety
awarded a contract Wednesday to Monroe Construction for $83,805 for a
facade improvement on the station at Washington and Superior streets.
Monroe Construction was the second lowest of four
bids on the project, but city controller Jim Brannon submitted a
voluntary alternative for the exterior stone, which lowered its bid by
Carey Stranahan, city engineer, explained after
the meeting there are four major stages of work involved. He said the
work is expected to begin in early July.
Imitation stone will be installed on the front of
the building, smoked glass will also be installed, the station will be
repainted, lighting will be upgraded and a new north side entrance will
The board also approved the purchase of nine
traffic signal controller units from Traffic Control Corp. for $59,975
to be installed at nine different locations.
Stranahan said the controls are programmed for
timing based on traffic count. He said the internal clocks on the older
signal controls along Washington Street can no longer stay on time.
It will improve efficiency for the traveling
public, he said. It allows flexibility to program more complex signal
The new controls will be placed at intersections
on Home Avenue at Hoffer and Defenbaugh streets and Apperson Way;
Washington Street at North, Monroe, Jefferson, Taylor and Mulberry
streets; and Hoffer and LaFountain streets.
The compatibility of the systems will allow the
city to eventually interconnect the intersections and improve traffic
flow on the street corridors.
Ken de la Bastide is the Kokomo Tribune
enterprise editor. He can be reached at 765-454-8580 or via e-mail at