WILLIAMSTOWN -- Fire District officials have hired an engineering and architectural firm to put together a plan for replacing the fire station's roof.
The Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, unanimously approved awarding the work to Hill Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc., of Dalton, which bid $9,500 for the project.
"We had three quotes, all in the $10,000 [range], which was good," John Notsley, chairman of the Prudential Committee, said Wednesday.
Other firms bidding on the project were edm, of Pittsfield, and Guntlow and Associates, of Williamstown. edm bid $8,800, with an estimated reimbursable expense of $400, and Guntlow and Associates bid $9,700, with an estimated reimbursable expense of 10 percent of the bid amount.
The Prudential Committee discussed the need for a new roof to be put on the station at its meeting July 2. The building, which is located at 34 Water St., last had its roof replaced in 1997. At that meeting, committee members remarked that with the district looking to build a new fire station, it didn't make sense to replace the roof on the existing one. However, they agreed that the roof was in bad enough shape that it would have to be replaced this year.
In other business, the Prudential Committee re view ed the fire district's budget for fiscal 2012, which ended June 30.
Treasurer J. Paul Dude said while they ended up with less tax revenue than they had anticipated,
"FEMA money is what made the difference. Other wise, we would have been even with last year," he said.
According to the treasurer's report, the district received $498,895.63 in revenue, which included $3,922.96 from the Federal Emergency Manage ment Agency from Tropical Storm Irene.
Per the request of the Prudential Committee, Fire Chief Craig Pedercini presented committee members with charts indicating the total numbers of fire calls broken down by area from 2009-11.
Pedercini said they had known that most of their calls had been coming from locations in the center of town, and the data supported that.
"It gives us more information about our heaviest call area, which is the center of town. We've been saying all along that the new fire station needs to be in the center of town, and looking elsewhere would not be the best option," he said.