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October 4, 2012

Keene Fire Station construction begins

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“Prevailing-wage costs are factored into the project,” Whitney said.

“The prevailing-wage requirement is law for municipalities in New York state. Come January 1, construction wages will increase by 4 percent. We are seeking approval to spend an additional $700,000 on the project, but (not with) money to be raised from the Keene tax base. It comes from state grants.”

WORK UNDER WAY

Things are moving nicely at the construction site now, the fire chief said.

The general contractor is Murnane Building Contractors of Plattsburgh.

 Work crews have started digging. 

“They’ve already excavated the site to the proper landscaping grade,” Whitney said.

“They should be ready to pour the footers on Friday.”

Work can continue on the approved referendum from last November.

“We had to get started. The time frame set for use of state monies is 14 months,” Whitney said.

The bids were opened with a deadline to begin by mid-September.

WINTER WORK

The Keene Fire Station will be built to Essential Services construction standards set by the state after Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The structures are designed to sustain both manmade and natural disasters.

“It is a 30-week build from when they began digging on Sept. 17,” Whitney said.

“Work can be done through winter, they just have to account for the winter conditions. Contracts have all been signed; there are five prime contractors for electrician, plumber, HVAC, sprinkler and general.”

Keene’s Fire Commission is looking to hold the second referendum vote in mid-November.

It cannot be held in conjunction with the general election, Whitney said, as it pertains only to the Keene Fire District.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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