By Pat Cooper
It’s been a long time coming, but Fayette County is going to be able to claim an updated fire station with a new address at a cost of $1.8 million.
According to fire chief David Scarborough, the current location for Fire Station 3- at 935 Senoia Road in Tyrone was constructed in 1977 and in recent years the department has had to contend with ongoing septic failure, forcing them into a minimal water usage situations.
“We can’t wash clothes and uniforms and have to send the clothes to other stations to deal with. From time to time we have had to pump the septic tank. And, we have had- from time to time- with response times because of the railroad crossing.”
The new fire station – four years in the making – will be located on Highway 74 and Jenkins Road. The department has worked a sewer provision agreement with the town of Tyrone and, more importantly will have better access to both north and south portions of the county on Highway 74. The site on 6.5 acres, will also provide the space, at the back of the property, for a water tower for in the future. The station itself will be located at the front of the property.
The department received 11 bids, in total, a base bid with three alternatives- a brick veneer and a standing seam metal roof will increase the useful life of this building and reduce the overall maintenance in future years and a digital message board. The low bid, Ward General Contractors, Inc., started with a base bid of $1.74 million. The brick veneer added $1,200, the metal roofing added $50,00 for a total of just over $1.8 million. In May, 2012 the Board of Commissioners approved The Howell Group, Inc. to be the architect for the project, at a cost of $98,000.
“This project has been years in the making,” said Scarborough. “It’s longer than we ever anticipated to get this project started. We’re really excited about it and we believe this will be a good design for us moving forward in the event we build other fire stations like this in the future.”