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Construction of new firehouse may be soon

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department recently accepted bids from eight companies in reference to the construction of a new firehouse. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
* Bids received from eight companies

STAUNTON -- The process is moving along quite well, according to Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Tempel.

In fact, the town could have a new fire department building by January 2012.

On Tuesday, Tempel informed The Brazil Times PTVFD received eight bids recently for construction of the new building.

In 2009, the department earned a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to construct a new firehouse. The department received the monies through the grant process, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"We have taken the bids under advisement," Tempel said. "Right now, we're trying to determine the proper bidder, the lowest and best bid."

Tempel added some of the bids came from local companies.

"It was a broad spectrum of bidders," he said.

The department is currently working with West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell. However, it also received help writing the grant proposal from Staunton resident Matt Reed.

Tempel said the transition to Jerrell worked out "fairly well."

"We had to go find somebody," Tempel said. "(WCIEDD) is a government-type entity so that actually worked out pretty good."

Tempel said the majority of bidders stated the project could take at least 250 days to complete from signing contracts to finishing the building, meaning a target date to move into the new facility could be January or February 2012.

"Hopefully within the next week to 10 days, we will award a contact to the (bidder)," Tempel said. "Construction could start in early May."

Tempel said the department has outgrown its current firehouse, located at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton.

The original building was constructed in 1911 and housed in a church. The fire department took the building in 1957 and a truck bay was added in 1958.

A few years ago, the department purchased properties adjacent to its firehouse to use for training purposes, adding close to 20 years ago, one of the properties was incorporated into a parking lot.

But for the past few years, the properties have not been used, giving the department hope to expand its current facility.

Tempel said the current station would still be used.

"We will continue to keep our current building," he said. "We're going to turn it into a training area and use it for storage."

The department was one of four Indiana fire departments to receive grant money through the process. The remaining three were the New Whiteland Fire Department, the Valparaiso Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue of Harrison Township in Martinsville. Posey Township received the most grant money of any of the fire departments awarded in the state.

In order to receive the grant money, the departments were judged on firefighting safety, response times and the ability to "go green."

Tempel said a groundbreaking ceremony could come soon.

"Hopefully, we'll get a groundbreaking scheduled within the next couple of weeks," he said.

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It was so very nice of you to barely mention Mr. Reed, who did A LOT more than your very minute note of: "However, it also received help writing the grant proposal from Staunton resident Matt Reed." He was the only who spent most of his time researching and completing the grant for over a year before Mr. Temple and the Fire Board threw him aside and went behind his back. Mr. Temple and the board act like this was all their doing when in truth they WOULD NEVER BE THIS CLOSE TO A NEW FIREHOUSE without his exceptional brilliance in grant writing/research, heart, devotion to his community even when he was hundreds of miles away. He gave his heart and soul to the PTVFD and you treated him like he was dirt. I as a member of the Staunton Community Thank You, for all your work toward this firehouse (although I am NOT AT ALL convinced that they are worthy of your efforts). Thank You from me and my family, and my fellow Staunton Citizens.

-- Posted by soccermomwithanattitude on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 8:52 AM

Before anyone contacts me about the thanks listed below. They are toward Mr. Matt Reed, not toward the ungrateful members of the PTVFD or the Board of Directors.

-- Posted by soccermomwithanattitude on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 9:58 AM


-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 1:42 PM

Soccermomwithanattitude, You need to research your facts before you go running your mouth.

-- Posted by bandforever on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 2:39 PM

I have my facts. My facts came from several long-time fire-fighters and Mr. Reed, but not from the wanna-be's.

-- Posted by soccermomwithanattitude on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 8:53 PM

Just guessing, but I would think that you would not want to throw stones at the "wanna-be's". They might save something that you hold dear one day.

-- Posted by bandforever on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 10:12 PM

The bottom line is: Staunton is getting a new Fire Station! Congratulations!

If Mr. Reed is the man you say he is, SOCCERMOM, it wouldn't matter to him WHO receives the 'glory' .. it's about getting the job done.

His dignity should rise above the pettiness - and so should yours. Some people don't do selfless things for a pat on the back, but for the good of the community.

Thanks to ALL who were involved - directly or indirectly on this project.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 1, 2011, at 10:44 AM

Cudos Emmes

-- Posted by rooster1 on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 9:38 PM

Cudos Emmes

-- Posted by rooster1 on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 9:38 PM

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