HARRISON TOWNSHIP — If you are expecting an update on renovating or quite possibly even constructing a new fireplace station in Harrison Township, really do not.
Harrison Township Fireplace Chief Dave Bostater reported Jan. 6 that COVID-19 has introduced all conversations about renovations to Station 1, on Crocker Boulevard, “to a standstill.”
The station was at first manufactured in 1972. The layout, residing location, bathrooms, kitchens have endured dress in and tear over the previous 50 a long time. It is structurally seem, but needs a new roof, as very well as updates to plumbing, wiring and HVAC programs.
Renovation expenditures are believed at around $1.2 million, which can make Bostater and township officers problem whether or not a new developing would make more fiscal perception.
“It is in fairly rough shape and does have to have a renovation,” Bostater said. “Can we develop new? That is yet to be noticed.”
That is rather untimely, he included. If that endeavor was carried out, it would have to be township residence and likely in a location shut to in which it presently exists.
“It hasn’t been a significant precedence for the reason that we’re all just attempting to get by way of COVID-19,” he claimed. “The only way a new station would occur is if we stayed by means of a spending budget put ahead by renovation, or if we bought grant cash.”
The department’s annual finances is about $6.7 million, like wages, retiree pensions and healthcare. There are 26 firefighters in suppression, generally nine on duty day by day — five at Station A single and four at Station Two, on Jefferson Avenue.
There is one main, one particular hearth marshal and a person administrative assistant. Bostater mentioned a person far more firefighter would fill the personnel quota in suppression.
“You have to seem at your solutions,” he explained. “That’s definitely crucial so you have a comparison and see how you get the most for your finances.”
No contractor was at any time hired for the station’s supposed renovations. Bostater stated the system went as considerably as an architectural rendition and selling price estimate.