Williamstown Fireplace District Accepting Programs for OPM for Station Task / iBerkshires.com

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Hearth District is soliciting programs to serve as the body’s owner’s undertaking supervisor on a extensive-talked about fireplace station job.

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The district set a deadline of Jan. 6 to reply to a ask for for qualifications for an OPM to support with “style and design growth, construction files, bid and award, construction and ultimate closeout” of a station at 562 Major St. (Route 2), just east of Aubuchon Components.

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The RFQ presents a ballpark estimate of the project’s value at $10 million, which would be topic to a vote of all district, i.e., city, inhabitants. The district’s Creating Committee hopes to interview candidates by the end of the month and sign a contract by Feb. 19, in accordance to the RFQ.

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“Time is going by swiftly, so we’ll believe the Creating Committee and main and officers will be digging into responses after the 6th,” district Treasurer Corydon Thurston said previous week.

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Thurston was reporting on the RFQ approach to the Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, a individual municipal entity apart from city federal government.

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“[The Building Committee] will review, hopefully whittle it down to the best two or three contenders,” Thurston claimed. “I suppose they’d most possible invite them in for interviews or a individual presentation to the committee. Usually, they stimulate respondents to visit the website. The committee will establish criteria and make a remaining selection.”

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Finding an OPM would be the hottest in a collection of measures to progress a prolonged-term aim of the Prudential Committee: replacing the out-of-date, undersized station on Water Avenue (Route 43). In 2017, the district obtained the 3.5-acre parcel from the estate of Kurt Lehovec soon after voters very first rejected the notion in two other unique district meetings.

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The existing station sits on a 3rd of an acre which is hemmed in by the Inexperienced River on 1 facet and a retail advanced on the other.

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And 4,300 sq. ft are insufficient to the demands of the hearth assistance.

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“Complications consist of lack of measurement and space for apparatus and all other fireplace and rescue functions,” the RFP reads in element. “The lack of place in the bays poses a safety concern due to proximity of equipment to every single other and to the structure.”

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Fireplace Main Craig Pedercini explained to the Prudential Committee that the district is applying for a hearth security devices grant that he might use toward a new battery operated rescue device to go along with lately acquired battery operated cutters and spreaders.

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Meanwhile Assistant Main Michael Noyes claimed that the district lost out on a a great deal greater point out grant to exchange one of the department’s engines. But Noyes claimed he find out some issues from the software process that will aid the district make a stronger pitch upcoming time all-around.

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“[One] difficulty that was there was, ‘Why are we changing W3 when our maintenance quantities on that are not quite superior?’ ” Noyes stated of his discussions with the granting agency just after its choice. “But the reality is we previously did a refurbish on that truck, and we hardly ever educated them of that. We will need to make absolutely sure we involve that into [the application].

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“I’m nonetheless pretty considerably working on this challenge for the grant interval that is coming out. I count on it to be out any working day now. Our intent is to implement for it all over again. Hopefully, via the narrative, we can increase our odds to get it this time.”

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In other organization on Wednesday, the Prudential Committee obtained its annual audit from the North Adams accounting organization Sawyer LLC. Billie Jo Sawyer described that she was issuing a clear view to the district.

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