By Press Times staff
HOBART – The council officially selected its construction management company for the construction of Fire Station #1 on the corner of South Pine Tree Road and Florist Drive at its board meeting on Tuesday, May 7th.
The selection follows a month-long process with a call for applications from mid-February to early April.
Company interviews were held in May by a committee consisting of Fire Chief Jerry Lancelle, a firefighter on the department’s management team, board member and village manager Aaron Kramer.
Upon the unanimous recommendation of the committee, the board approved the appointment of Bayland Buildings, Inc. to provide construction management services for the project.
Bayland was one of three applicants, and Immel Construction and Zeise Construction also submitted proposals.
Kramer said the proposed 18,200-square-foot fire station is estimated to cost between $3 million and $4 million — with around $200,000 already set aside.
He said the fire station is Hobart’s first major development since it became a village 20 years ago.
Construction is expected to start in spring 2023.
Special Income Fund
The Board authorized the establishment of a special revenue fund for the purpose of accounting for monies, donations, grants and other income received and spent on the No. 1 Fire Station replacement.
These funds are set aside and cannot be used for the ongoing operations and expenses of the fire department.
Request a wage increase for employees
The ward board approved a wage increase for election workers — from $9 to $11 an hour for election inspectors and from $9.50 to $11.50 an hour for chief inspectors.
The recommendation for the increase came after a recent survey of poll worker wages statewide.
Of the 56 municipalities that responded, staff ranked Hobart at the bottom end of the scale – fifth lowest in terms of election inspector pay.
The state average for election inspectors is $10.66 an hour; and $12.52 per hour for Chief Inspectors.
The change will take effect on August 1st.