Fire Hall Goes Back to Drawing Board
Pine City did not receive the federal funding grant it hoped for to help build a new fire hall. That means the city is back at the drawing board looking at new options. Council member Dylan Ascheman says whatever is done, needs to be done with urgency.
Councilman Paul Janssen presented the council with a blueprint of a new plan for a 12,000 square foot fire hall. He says he worked on the plan with Mark Haug of Haug construction. Janssen believes the facility can be built for about $1.2 million.
Janssen said he presented the plan to the fire department, as well. However, council member Brian Scholin cautioned the council of working with one contractor, because he says state statute requires the city to work with an architect and get bids. Scholin says working with one contractor won’t allow fair bidding.
Ascheman said Janssen’s plans “get the ball rolling,” and said the fire committee can use them as a starting point, but still work out the legality.
The fire committee is expected to meet again by early June.