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Miami Township — Ground breaking for new fire station begins

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After months of delays, the official groundbreaking for the new fire station on the south side of town has been set for Sept. 18.

The Miami Township Trustees announced the date during their most recent regular meeting Monday, Aug. 5.

Township Chairperson Chris Mucher reported that more than 50 contractors and subcontractors attended a pre-bid meeting Friday, Aug. 2, in which the township presented the $4.9 million project’s latest plans.

Bidding on various components has been scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the township offices on Corry Street.

Voters approved a 2.4-mill, 30-year bond issue in May 2017 to construct the new station. The bond is anticipated to raise about $5.75 million, which is $850,000 more than projected costs. 

New construction was stalled, however, when three attempts to bid out the project, as well as design revisions to reduce costs, failed to attract a contractor who met budget requirements.

This spring, trustees changed their approach, deciding to bid out various aspects of the project — such as plumbing, electric and roofing — to individual subcontractors, rather than a single overall contractor.

The level of interest shown at the pre-bid meeting was heartening, Mucher said.

The station, which will be home to Miami Township Fire-Rescue, will be located at 1001 Xenia Ave., on land formerly owned by Wright State University and occupied by Wright State Physicians.

In other Miami Township business:

Recent MTFR runs

Miami Township Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Altman reported that since the trustees’ last meeting July 15, the MTFR crews had responded to 65 EMS and 21 fire calls, a possible record.

Cemetery plans

The trustees are pursuing plans to create a burial area planted with oak trees. The Oak Grove section will be located behind the simple burial area of Glen Forest Cemetery, on the east side of U.S. 68 North.

Budget hearing

Trustees preliminarily approved the township’s proposed 2020 tax budget.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16, at the township offices, before trustees take a final vote on the 18-page document.

In addition to the general fund, the budget includes funds for motor vehicle license tax; gasoline tax; road and bridge; cemetery; special levy — fire; permissive motor vehicle license tax; fire and rescue, ambulance and EMS service; and miscellaneous capital projects.


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