On Monday (July 8) morning, a Rowe engineer observes as staff from Superior Contracting conduct preliminary site work at the future site of the Imlay City Fire Department on East Borland Road, east of Van Dyke. photo by Tom Wearing.
July 10, 2019IMLAY CITY — With the long Fourth of July weekend behind us, most workers have returned to their jobs, including those prepping the site at 571 E. Borland Rd. for future construction of a new Imlay City fire hall.
On Monday, July 8, engineers and workers from Rowe Professional Services and Superior Contracting began digging holes and laying the groundwork for installation of new sewers and water main at the site.
Imlay City Manager Tom Youatt hopes that construction of the new hall can still be completed by the end of the year.
Once finished, the Imlay City Fire Department can begin moving contents and equipment from the current location downtown to the new building.
The current hall at 150 Main Street was built in 1967, with an addition at the rear of the building being completed in 1972.
Construction of a new Imlay City fire hall represents the culmination of nearly a decade of discussion by city officials about the need to upgrade conditions and increase space for the fire department.
Those discussions evolved during recent years to a point where city officials felt it imperative to move forward with a plan.
In August of 2018, Imlay City residents approved a 2.0463-mill tax increase for 20 years to fund construction of a new $3 million hall.
After recently receiving an A-plus rating from Standard and Poors (S&P), the city was able to qualify for a 3% interest rate during its recent bond sale.
As a result, the original projected 2.0463 millage rate has been reduced to 1.8335 mills; resulting in an overall cost savings for taxpayers.
On April 18, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the Borland Rd. location that was attended by firefighters, contractors, city officials and employees, residents and other project stakeholders.
Included among them was George Ananich of H2A Architect of Davison, who this week provided some specific details related to the project.
Ananich reported that the new 12,324-square-foot fire hall will feature eight bays, including four designed for long firefighting vehicles; three for shorter vehicles; along with a single bay dedicated to washing vehicles.
The building will include a training room, squad room, locker room, two restrooms, a "big tower" hose drying station, and a state-mandated radio/storm shelter.
He added that the new building's exterior will be brick with metal panels and siding and will feature a metal roof.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.