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Source: Kokomo Tribune

une 22, 2012

Fire station bids come in at $1.5M

New building slated for South Dixon Road

Tribune staff writer

— Six companies submitted bids for the city of Kokomo’s new Fire Station 4 Wednesday, with the low bidder coming in at $1.51 million.

Myers Construction Inc., Fishers, the company which built the city’s new Fire Station 2 on Center Road, submitted the low bid.

“[The bids] came in about what the estimates were. Obviously, we’d love for it to have been cheaper,” Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said.

Plans call for a two-bay structure which will be smaller than Fire Station 2, a building more in line with Fire Station 5 on West Sycamore Street, Goodnight said.

The city is building two stations (2 and 4) to protect the annexed areas added Jan. 1.

The city is scheduled to take over fire protection in the annexed areas at the beginning of 2013, although Fire Station 2 is already responding to calls in Indian Heights.

Despite adding two stations, the city hasn’t increased manpower within the fire department.

Instead, the city has been adding fire hydrants in some of the annexed areas, and will be moving Fire Station 4’s equipment from the current station at Webster Street and Lincoln Road to the new station on South Dixon Road.

Goodnight said it costs the city about $1 million a year to staff one fire engine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“By transferring the engine, our costs to provide fire protection does not go up, but we can still cover a larger geographic area,” Goodnight said.

Goodnight said the bids might have been lower if the recession was affecting Kokomo as badly as it was two years ago, when Fire Station 2 went out for bids.

“The economy’s a little stronger ... bids are coming in a little higher. People are not just low-balling everything,” he said.

J.C. Ripberger Construction Corp., Zionsville, submitted the highest bid at $1.863 million.

Each of the bidders was asked to bid on five alternates as well, which could add up to $200,000 to the final price tag. The city purchased the property for $90,000.

• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via email at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.


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