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Pine City to Update Fire Hall Plans to Pursue Federal Funds

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 5:47 am

picture-477Federal stimulus dollars are out there, and Pine City is going after them.  The City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $7,500 to Buetow and Associates Architectural Services to update plans for a renovated fire hall, in order to be eligible for federal grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The plans need to be completed by July 2nd.  Buetow and Associates Vice President Randy Engel says federal stimulus money will be awarded to the most shovel ready projects.

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Engel estimated the cost of building the fire hall is $3.6 million, but believes it can come in ten to 20 percent lower, because contractors are looking for work.

The board approved paying for the updated plans with a vote of 3-1.  Council member Paul Janssen gave the single no vote.  Council member Paul Miller was not in attendance.

Janssen and Council memeber Brian Scholin discuss the cost:

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Buetow and Associates is working to get other projects throughout the state shovel-ready as well, including in Shoreview, Brooklyn Park, South St. Paul and more.  They worked on a similar fire hall project in North Branch.

Scholin said paying for the services is worth it, if the city is able to get a chunk of the federal money.

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Council member Dylan Ascheman said, regarding the decision to pay the $7,500 price tag for to become eligible for grants the city may or may not receive, “It’s one of those things where if we get it, we are geniuses, if we don’t, we’re not.”

When asked if Buetow and Associates fails to complete the work in time, would the city get its money back, Engel replied, “We will be done, there is no problems with that at all.”

1 Comment

  1. boogpowell72 06/4/09 at 7:15pm

    It sounds like they are simply tweaking the plans from the “Taj Mahal” that was soundly defeated by the voters two years ago. If that’s the case, Pine City is asking the federal govt. to fund a project our own people didn’t want, or were unwilling to pay for, and throwing more money at the architechts that led the city down the road to failure the last time. C’mon Pine City we’re better than that. Let’s not be like everyone else and stand there with our hand out looking for “free” money.

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