Mount Holly council holds off on fire station bid

by Sarah Melton

The Mount Holly City Council continued discussions of renovations to the Catawba Heights Fire Station, but some members want to see the changes before taking a vote.

AMS Contractors estimated that the renovations will cost $34,036, plus an additional $15,838 in alternate renovations, including furnishing and installing appliances and an air compressor, removing asbestos and replacing flooring in the kitchen and restrooms.

The Construction Committee recommended that council award a bid to AMS Contractors, but on Monday night, the council decided to hold off on that decision.

Councilman Jerry Bishop said he felt that some items, such as pressure washing the deck, replacing overhead door controllers and cabinets, could be placed in next year’s budget.

Councilman Jim Hope, who is also a member of the construction committee, said that some items in the bid, such as electrical service for a new air compressor, should not be put off for another year.

“The construction committee works at the pleasure of this council,” he said. “That is why we brought this list before you, so you can have input.”

The construction committee has recommended that the following upgrades be made:

• Remove asbestos and replace flooring in those designated areas.
• Install a fire alarm, CO2 monitoring system, an alarm-activated light and doorbell.
• Add a compressor for the fire trucks.
• Repair and maintain the deck.
• Replace three controllers on bay doors.
• Add washer and dryer connections.
• Remove a large fan pointed down into the stairway to the basement and replace it with a window.
• Moderate kitchen upgrades.
• Get the electrical wiring and plumbing up to code in the basement.
The council decided to have the Construction Committee revise the bid and bring it back for more discussion at their Oct. 25 meeting.

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